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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Her Wednesday Workout Tips: Got Coffee?

So last night was wonderful. My BFF from the 7th grade and I had a much needed dinner at her place. She did a great job with dinner, I wish I could have taken pictures but still no camera. She made Tilapia for me, because the hubby dosen’t eat fish so I rarely make it! I forgot how much I LOVE fish! This wasn’t just wany tilapia, this was Parmesan Crusted Tilapia. I must share the recipe with you all because it was just that good, and super easy!

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Thaw and wash tilapia fillets if frozen. Pat dry on paper towels.
  2. Combine crumbs, parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic powder on a plate, mixing well. On a different plate, pour 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  3. Working 1 at a time, place a fillet on the plate in the lemon juice, sprinkle with desired amount of kosher salt (be careful about how much salt is in your parmesan, crumbs, and other seasonings), black pepper, and garlic powder. Turn the fillet over in the lemon juice and sprinkle seasoning on the other side.
  4. Dredge fillet in the parmesan mixture patting it all over to coat.
  5. Place in an oiled baking dish, repeat with remaining fillets.
  6. Sprinkle a little lemon juice over fillets and drizzle or spray them lightly with olive oil.
  7. Bake at 425ºF for about 20 minutes or until they easily flake with a fork and edges are browning (you can sprinkle some more parmesan on top if desired). You can also bake these faster at 450ºF.

She also had some brown rice on the side, with a large fresh salad. We needed this time together so badly. We call ourselves best friends but rarely make time to see each other. Last night we came to the conclusion that we need to honor the BFF title, and I am going to my best to be a better best friend, because I cherish our friendship so very much! THANKS D!

MORNING RUN

Needless to say I got home at 11pm so getting up this morning was a killer! I am drinking my coffee right now and getting pumped for my morning run! I am doing a 6 minute test today. I have to run before and after of course to warm up and cool down, but I have to run as fast as I can for 6 minutes this is going to be very interesting.

Edited to add: just ran my 6 minute test at an average 6:26. How do the Olympians run that for 26.2 miles!!!!!   

I am getting excited about the Virtual 7 on  Feb 7, it kinda messes with my training plan a bit, because that day is supposed to be a rest day. I am going to run it like a race but not kill myself because I have a 14 mile run on Sunday, I am even questioning if I shoud do it at all? The last thing I need is an injury. What do you think, if I run a 7 mile race and then run 14 miles the next day???? I need some advice peeps!

HER WORKOUT TIPS

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I am a big believer in having coffee 40-45 minutes before a run. Not only does it wake me up, but it get other things moving as well. I believe it’s a good idea to have some type of caffeine minutes prior to your workout. As long as you don’t go over 200 mg of caffeine a day, it can actually help you stabilize blood sugar, mobilize fat stores and heat up your metabolism. I know how it effects me, but here is what the doctor’s say:

Tips for athletes using caffeine


For the most part many doctors do not support the use of caffeine in athletics. For those athletes who believe that caffeine can enhance their performance, there are a few tips that may prove useful maximizing their full potential. It is important that the athlete refrains from caffeine use 3-4 days before their competition. This allows for the tolerance levels of caffeine to decrease, thus making the body susceptible to caffeine when consumed. Also it is important for athletes to understand their caffeine limits. If you have never used caffeine for sporting enhancement, then you are unfamiliar with caffeine's affects on your body. Make sure that you have used caffeine in a variety of training conditions to understand your limitations. Also it is advantageous to ingest caffeine 2-3 hours before competition to ensure a peak of performance. Studies have shown that it takes several hours for caffeine to enter the body and exploit the use of fat, thus storing glycogen for endurance. All of these tips are essential in making the most of caffeine’s benefits in athletics.”(http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/caffeine.html)

A study involving 9 trained athletes set out to provide proof of caffeine's ability to work as an ergogenic aid before and during the workout. In this study involving a 2 hour cycle endurance test, Ivey et al. (1979) found that 250mg of caffeine 1hour before the test and another 250mg total divided in doses every 15 minutes during the test led to higher work output throughout the test(Dews, p.89) This study resulted in a 7 percent average increase in total output among the athletes. By consuming caffeine during high endurance activities, it is possible to increase the total output. “

Do any of you guys drink a bit of caffeine before a work out, what are you thoughts on this?

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25 comments:

Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point said...

hahah did you see my post this am about my excessive coffee intake? your post made me feel better.

Kita said...

I have been drinking a cup of coffee before my morning run and I think it help to get me going.

Mica said...

I've never used coffee before a run because I'm afraid of being dehydrated. This might change for longer runs though, if I need that extra *umph*!

That fish sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

kate said...

I totally drink coffee before running...i always thought it was just a "mental" thing but its nice to know there are actual benifits!.
Coffee obsessed!

Brian said...

I just started tryin coffee before my morning runs, i see a little boost of energy for sure. Good like in the 7 on the 7th! I havent read antyhing about it, but it sounds fun

Pearl said...

LOVE COFFEE :D

and i love your post :)

how sweet of your friend to make fish for you! that's why they call 'em BFF's :)

Lacey Nicole said...

i am in the same boat as you! i'm supposed to do 14 miles on saturday, and wondering when i should get my 7 on the 7th in. i think i will do it easy instead of racing it, the day before the 14er. ah well! i think running my PR 10k cured me of needing to go all out for the 7 on the 7th. i'll be happy to get it in tho!

ttfn300 said...

i don't drink coffee, so there's that one...

that tilapia sounds amazing. depends on how much you "race" that 7miler...

Victoria said...

I love having a bit of caffeine 30-60 minutes before my runs. It may mostly mental, but I feel way omre energetic.

joyRuN said...

My legs definitely feel heavier if I'm running without my morning coffee. It could be psychological, who knows?

I also have a 14 planned this weekend. I was going to take the first half easy then run the second half harder for the 7 on the 7th.

Maggie said...

that's really interesting about the caffeine. my mom actually swears by drinking coffee before her morning workouts, but i've never tried it.

Summer Slim said...

I've noticed what you're saying with coffee. I have picked up a coffee a few times before I go to work out, and I am able to perform SO much better. I can run a good 3-4 miles straight. Normally, I need to take a break. I need to remember to do this more often! Thanks for the reminder!

balanceisbest said...

Hi Bobbi, I am also a firm believer in coffee before a run. It puts an extra bit of pep in my step!

Kaneil, balance is best

sweetandfit said...

I don't have any caffeine pre-workout, but my boyfriend uses BSN's No Explode - which is full of caffeine, he swears it makes his wokrout 10X better

foodsthatfit said...

You are so fast! That is great! I need to start incorporating some speed workouts in. I really think it would help with my times and stamina.

Matt said...

I always drink coffee before I run in the morning! It helps me empty out too so I don't have to make a pit stop!

Denise said...

If I'm not doing a long run I can handle some coffee but I usually save it to enjoy afterwards. When I know it won't tear my stomach up!

HangryPants said...

I am glad you were able to reconnect with your best friend! It's so hard when we're all so busy, but it's important!

I love my morning coffee before running!

I don't have any advice for you about your running question - sorry, but thank you for all your advice to me! I checked out your running tips before and will do it agin!

Heather

teacherwoman said...

When I workout in the morning before work, I usually don't have much time between waking and getting to the gym. I try to drink some water and have half of a banana, but no time to make coffee, really. Unless I set the timer.

However, a week and a half ago I had coffee with my parents before they left town that sunday... then I went and ran 7 miles that day... and they were very successful. Maybe I will try it again this weekend before my long run!

strongandhealthy said...

I love tilapia! Sounds great! I love coffee before a run!

Sarah W. said...

when I was eating dairy, Parm Tilapia was one of my FAVORITE meals! my husband lOVES IT TOO!

Elina said...

Thanks for the info on coffee before runs. I've never drank coffee before working out (just have my morning cup... and then work out during lunch). I'm afraid it would upset my stomach. Maybe I should try it though. So many of you athletes seem to do it!
I'm saving that tilapia recipe btw! :)

Elina said...

Oh btw, I wouldn't do the 7 mile virtual race if I were you. Think about the big picture of your training - you don't want to ruin the quality of the 14 mile run. That's just my 5 cents :)

Rachel said...

Bobbi, don't run that 7 miler! If it isn't in the plan, then don't do it. There is no need for that.

Elina said...

Bobbi, just wanted to let you know that I made this fish for dinner tonight and it was delicious :)