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FULL OF BEANS

WITH THE WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY SOON TO RECONSIDER WHETHER PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES SHOULD BE BANNED FROM TAKING CAFFEINE, NUTRITIONIST MICHELLE NEWITT ASSESSES JUST HOW EFFECTIVE IT CAN BE FOR IMPROVED RUNNING PERFORMANCE

RUNNER’S DIGEST

In 2004 the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted the ban on caffeine for performance, but now WADA are considering whether to move it back to being a prohibited substance. What are the pros and cons of using caffeine in sport and how can runners utilise it for maximum effect?

THE PROS

Within 30 minutes to two hours of consuming caffeine, the performance-enhancing benefits of note are:

• Improved concentration

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The November issue of Men’s Running is all about training smart: whether that’s tailoring your sessions to suit your body type, learning to make the most of your urban environment or discovering the most cost-effective events, this issue is packed with content to help you reach your full potential. Elsewhere, we’ve got some stunning, run-envy inducing destination races. Run-reporter Arko Hojholt travels to the pristine Swiss Alps for the Inferno Half: a half marathon with a sting in its tail. Damian Hall, meanwhile, has been kept busy: first, trying his hand (or feet) at the quad-wrecking discipling of skyrunning, before troubling the crème de la crème of ultrarunning at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), the world’s premier trail race. Of course, we’ve also got exclusive kit reviews, tech roundups and inspiring interviews to maintain motivation this winter.
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