I Need Coffee Like I Need My Morning Run

Have you ever seen this funny quote, or something similar, on a shirt or a mug?  Every time I see someone post it on Facebook I smile because I totally relate to both.  And then I go pour myself a cup of coffee.


I love coffee and have since I was about 14 years old.  I like it black.  I love the taste.  I love the smell.  And I love how it is such a nice part of my morning routine to look forward to.  Sometimes when Rock prepares the pot the night before, we both linger to smell the grounds.

To me, it isn’t just about the caffeine.  In fact, I went decaf before and during my pregnancy.  No headaches, and I definitely felt better enjoying my morning cup.  It is the perfect start to the day.

There are many benefits to coffee that can roll over to your running.  There are also a few awesome ways you can recycle your morning coffee for a total body benefit.  Keep reading!

Caffeine is actually considered a mild performance enhancing drug.  Evidence shows that caffeine boosts VO2 max in endurance athletes while decreasing perceived exertion.  It also can help sustain exercise duration and even help speed you up.

Runners also reap the benefit of coffee’s diuretic effect and often use this to help “get things moving” on race day.  Researches have not yet figured out what in the coffee has this effect but it is likely not caffeine, as decaf seems to work just as well.

Remember that this is a mild performance enhancer.  Too much can be a bad thing.  It can give you the jitters and keep you in the restroom during your race.  Use with caution.

However, the other day I was getting a rare pedicure and I noticed my legs getting a scrub down with something I hadn’t seen before.  It took me a moment to figure out what was going on.  My legs were being scrubbed with used coffee grounds.  This might sound odd, but I have to tell you, it felt amazing.


For some reason when I spend the spring in the Northeast, my legs and hands break out in an awful rash.  It spreads, itches, and my skin peels.  I’ve done a lot of research and it seems that many people in the East suffer from this and their doctors all pass it off as spring allergies.

What I noticed after my pedicure was that my rash calmed itself down.  My legs felt smooth and the rash stopped spreading.  After mentioning this to a friend she told me to try it as an exfoliant on my face.

I mixed some grounds with my Neutrogena skin cleanser and I don’t think I will ever turn back.  In the morning, it brightens and softens my skin.  It glows and feels amazing.  I also started scrubbing my hands daily and my skin no longer burns or peels from the allergens.  In fact my hands and legs are soft and smooth again.

I did a little research and found a few other ways you can experiment with coffee grounds:

Mix used coffee grounds with coconut oil and scrub your feet to remove calluses.

Mix grounds with plain yogurt and apply to the face for 5-15 minutes as a face mask.  The caffeine stimulates collagen growth and will give your skin a glow.

Apply a small amount under your eyes and let sit for 5 minutes to remove dark baggy eyes.

Use as a face scrub with tea tree oil.  I have oily skin.  My salicylic acid wash with grounds might be a bit harsh for you.  Try a dab with some tea tree oil on your face for a less intense scrub.

Have you ever tried using coffee grounds as a treatment?  What do you think?

28 thoughts on “I Need Coffee Like I Need My Morning Run

  1. I am definitely a fellow coffee addict here. I’ve tried giving it up a few times before but always came back because I just love the taste (I drink it black too!) and the smell and how it wakes me up in the morning. These are really cool uses for the coffee grounds too. I’ve never experimented with it before, but it sounds amazing to try! Thank you for the suggestions!!

  2. I’ve never used coffee grounds as treatment but why not? I’d give it a shot. I am another fellow caffeine addict. I have my morning cup, which I brew at home. Then a Starbucks stop on my way to work, and another one on my way home. Terrible for my bank account. It’s not even about needing that jolt of energy (well, in the morning it is!), but I just love the flavor SO MUCH. I NEED it before running – when I travel, I bring my own coffee pot and coffee grinds. I have this one cup pot called a “Bella” that I bought for like $13. It even goes in my carry on when I fly to races. I actually have a second one of those in my classroom. It’s very compact and packs well, haha! I have problems. Coffee lovers, unite!

  3. I’ve used coffee grounds with sugar and honey as a body scrub, but my shower drain didn’t really appreciate it. I like the idea of using it as an under eye mask – thanks!

  4. haha … and to think I was feeling quite good composting my coffee grounds … 🙂

    Yeah, we have a house full of coffee heads here. Sent older son to NYU with a Keurig, younger son judges coffee mugs by volume 🙂

    • I love it! Composting coffee is amazing too, of course. I love a house full of coffee drinkers. Rock really wants to plant himself in a Starbucks and do a study to see how many people JUST order a plain coffee. I think it would be a shockingly low number.

  5. It’s funny, I actually hate the taste of coffee, HATE IT, but LOVE the mochaccinos my hubby makes me in the morning. I was dragging butt one day in Disney so he went and got me one. I told him not to as I wouldn’t drink it and he told me to just trust him. Whatever concoction he came up with got me going and I’ve been hooked ever since. So yes, I’m the weirdo who hates the taste of coffee, unless it’s hidden under layers of chocolate and/or caramel. I feel like I’m finally becoming a big girl, lol!

  6. I sadly had to give up coffee as it gives me cystic acne. I used to have 2 cups a day, which I’ve replaced with hot lemon in the mornings and peppermint tea in the afternoons. 7 months coffee free bar 2 cups. I thought I’d miss it, but I don’t and I certainly don’t miss the spots. But there’s not denying how great it smells!

  7. Oh no. Coffee you are so cruel! Milk and I had that same relationship. Removing dairy much such a difference in my life. Sorry to hear this but glad that you had a happy transition and found something that works for you. That smell really is magical!

  8. I’m a newbie coffee drinker. I didn’t start drinking it until I met my husband and I still can/will only drink the kind he introduced me to and nothing else, lol! I save a lot of money not liking Starbucks.

  9. Love love love my coffee and have to get my 2 cups in me each morning. I still have to use flavored creamer, my taste buds just can’t handle it straight. I have heard it’s good to make a scrub out of, so much cheaper to make your own as well!

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