Anyone who knows me – or reads the name of this blog – will tell you that I love coffee. It’s delicious. I write poetry about it. Some nights, I go to bed thinking:And of course, you know that caffeine — in moderation — has been proven to enhance athletic performance.
If there is one downside to all that, it’s that coffee makes you… you know, go. My numerous visits to the porta-potties pre-race have been duly noted, by family and strangers alike. (One lady told me I probably have “nervous pre-race bladder.” Er, no. I have what we call three cups of coffee in the past two hours.)
But one company has come up with an interesting solution to my problem: caffeinated gum! Java Gum contacted me recently, asking if I wanted to sample their products — and offer some to my readers as well. I figured, why not?
I tried Java Gum before (and after!) the Big Sur marathon and yes, it did provide that jolt of wakefulness I get from a cup of joe. Without the unnecessary liquid (which at that point I’d rather get from water or an energy drink).
Each piece of gum contains 65 mg of caffeine — equivalent to a 10-oz cup of coffee. It’s technically anhydrous (dehydrated) caffeine, which according to this study comparing the performance effects of both during endurance exercise, is exactly the same thing.
And it tastes just like regular gum!
Want to try it? Java Gum will send four of you a prize package, which includes:
- six packs of gum (three spearmint and three peppermint flavor),
- a T-shirt,
- a tank top.
You could be just like me with my tank top, which I’ve worn on a few short runs already, or just around town (the front scores some awkward stares, it’s fun!):Or like these happy folks, modeling everything in the package:So what do you need to do?
You can leave a comment here (tell me how you like your morning coffee — or what your pre-race coffee routine is, or both!), you can like my Facebook page, or JavaGum’s, or you can do some Tweeting. None of these are mandatory, but each of these will give you two entries in the giveaway (and some you can do daily). Make sure you use the Rafflecopter widget below:
And, please, chew responsibly. The gum has caffeine, so taking too much may make you feel the way you feel after drinking too much coffee.