Staying on Top of Your Running Game with Coach Peyton Hoyal

Staying on Top of Your Running Game

It’s been said that “Motivation is overrated; on a good day you don’t need it and on a bad day it never shows up.” With everything we have going on in our lives (work, family, friends, hobbies, life in general) it’s incredibly easy to lose focus on training. And for some of us, it’s also very easy to over-focus on training to the point where a written training plan becomes dogmatic and often creates unnecessary stress in our lives.

On this episode of Run To The Top, we talk with Peyton Hoyal of Running2Win about how to stay on top of your game. It’s a struggle to get there and, often, even more of a challenge to stay where you want to be with your running.

Peyton will share coaching tips on how he brings his clients to their best and helps them stay there.  We’ll also talk about the importance of a community of runners to support you. Whether it’s an actual team, a few good buddies, or a running club we’ll discuss the benefits of having other runners for support, accountability, and motivation.

He also shares his training philosophy and some of his favorite workouts and training schedules while emphasizing keeping everything in perspective and allowing flexibility during training cycles.

Questions Peyton is asked:

2:40 First Four:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. What is your favorite race distance or type of race?

3:23 What were some of your best races and when did you start running?

7:58 How did you get into coaching and what certifications do you have?

10:07 How can fairly competitive runners maintain or improve their racing?

11:52 What are some of your innovative coaching methods that have produced results?

17:37 What are some examples of athletes who have moved into a faster level from your coaching?

23:38 What are your thoughts on motivation, especially with runners who may feel they have plateaued?

28:55 How does being part of a running community help with training and how can runners find a community?

32:15 Did you coach all seasons of High School running?

33:45 What are some research-supported key types of training that boost fitness, offer variety, and stimulate the body towards positive adaptation?

40:33 How can we modulate training for our busy lives and how can we sync our training, nutrition, and lifestyle habits to improve performance?

45:09 Final Kick Round:

  1. What is your favorite local training run or outing (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
  2. Favorite running or health related book(s)?
  3. Words of Wisdom or Humor?
  4. Who or what would you like to have featured on the Run To The Top podcast?

Quotes by Peyton:

“I like to get a lot of my information first-hand from coaches that I trust.”

“I hate to call it a ‘breaking point’, but think we’ve all had that in our careers where we pushed a little too hard and then 6 months later, we pushed to that same level and kinda wait for the piano to fall on your head and it doesn’t and you end up racing really well. It just takes a little bit of time sometimes”

“Staying on top of the daily needs of athletes is really important. And for someone who’s self-coached, just being honest with yourself. Staying on top of your particular life and not being a slave to your training plan is probably the first recommendation I would make.”

“You need to have very clear goals. If your goals are too scattered or you’re training for too many different races at the same time as a competitive runner, then sometimes you lose track of what you want to accomplish in that 3-4 month period.”

“Put your family first, put your work first. Use the left side of your brain for most of your work and use the right side, the more creative aspect of your brain, for your training. You need to look at your training like a musician would look at their music rather than this hard thing that I have to do.”

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