The Peyton Method

Training Diary

Diet Diary

What is the Peyton Method?

In a nutshell: it is the culmination of several years of experimentation of what I have found works to supercharge my organism.

I’m not going to delve into all the reasons for why I deem the various aspects of my training important and helpful, I’m just going to present them in a form of a training and diet diary, the links of which are above.

Having not run in two years, I ran a marathon in Achill with only a week to prepare. Needless to say, there was no time to clock up any significant miles or shed any of my excess pounds. The only thing I could control was my diet, which is something I always let slip when training for a marathon. I used to have the logic that I could eat whatever I want since I was training and it didn’t matter.

I had trained for a marathon in the past and got injured every single time and ended up not showing up on the day. I bought books with training schedules and rigorously adhered to them even when I didn’t feel like it. I failed in my running over and over again.

Running the marathon in Achill was actually not planned. I had only “planned” on running a half which I had thought was far beyond what I was capable of. Sure, at 5 hours 7mins it wasn’t very fast, but at 15st 7lbs and no training it wasn’t bad either. The thing was – I felt so good after the half that I felt confident I could do the second half (it’s a course which consists of 13.1 mile loops).

The funny thing about doing the marathon in Achill was that I felt more pain doing less miles at times when I would have considered myself conditioned by training. I believe two factors to have been the reason for this

  1. I ran according to my breath. If I felt my breath getting remotely laboured, I walked, which happened going up every hill.
  2. I paid careful attention to my diet in the week leading up to the race, making sure I had a solid intake of vitamins and minerals.

A few days before the Achill event I was thinking about pulling out as I considered myself woefully unfit to do a half marathon. Instead, I posted on my Facebook page that I was going to do it and the post had a reach of about 10,000. It’s one thing being a failure, but when a sizeable amount of people know you’re a failure, it kind of boosts your motivation to succeed.

So, The Peyton Method, as I said rather audaciouly on my social media, really is all about me! 🙂 If anybody reads it or finds it interesting – then great. If not, it doesn’t matter, does it?

It’s possible that my efforts will go tits up, but at least I’ll be able to say I tried.