5 Keys to Success from Noah Lyles

5 Keys to Success from Noah Lyles

Noah Lyles grabbed the attention of sports media when he took first in the men’s 100-meter at the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships. But Lyles isn’t letting the new spotlight distract him from his upcoming season or the big events of summer 2020. No matter the race at hand, Lyles’ goal remains the same: “Win everything.”

This competitive spirit is in his blood, having been raised in a running family with parents and a brother who all have track experience. But it takes more than just a competitive streak to be successful in professional sports, and Noah Lyles’ track record is a clear indicator that he knows what it takes to be the best. So, here’s his advice for finding success on and off the track.

1. It takes two types of training: mental and physical.

Noah Lyles In The Blocks - Edited

“A lot of people think it’s the hard training [that makes you a better athlete], but it’s not just hard training. It’s also being smart with the training, and that all comes from your mind,” Lyles said. “My mom has always said this sport is 90% mental, 10% physical.”

The biggest competition on the track isn’t always an actual person. Sometimes it’s the voice in your head questioning your ability to shave a couple tenths off your next meet; sometimes it’s the crippling fear that you’re not as good as you think. But through training you learn to shut up that voice and become the best you can be.

2. It’s crucial to create a strategy.

Noah Lyles Sprinting

“The night before, I talk to my sport psychologist about our plan for the race,” Lyles said.

Then on the day of the race, as Lyles prepares to get in the blocks, he repeats his plan in his mind. He focuses on the track before him and pictures himself passing up his competitors one by one until all that’s left in his sights is the finish line.

Envisioning the win is a key to success.

3. Don’t try to be anybody but yourself.

Noah Lyles Dancing

“I’m not here to be the next whoever,” Lyles said. “I’m here to be me. And I’m hoping that when people see that, they’ll try to be the best them that they can be.”

It’s easy to see that Lyles is true to himself from the themed socks he’ll wear on race days to his victory dances after he crosses the finish line. Comparison is the thief of joy – maybe that’s why Noah Lyles is always smiling.

4. Find a creative outlet.

“In high school, track and field was all my life was built around,” Lyles said. “During off season I would kind of go crazy. So, I decided I would start incorporating my hobbies heavily into my life. Because if I don’t have something to work on outside of track, I start to think that all I am is a runner, and that’s not how it is.”

Noah Lyles loves his career as a professional sprinter and dedicates tons of time to perfecting his skills. But he also understands the importance of embracing his hobbies like creating music, designing sneakers and filming YouTube videos. Drive and determination are necessary tools for success, but finding balance is equally important.

5. Don’t live in the past.

Noah Lyles Casual Running

When asked what piece of advice he would give to a younger him, without hesitation Noah Lyles said, “You did everything right.”

It’s a simple answer that holds an important lesson. The wins and losses make you who you are today. It does no good to worry about how the last meet went or hate yourself for not setting a new record. Instead you must decide to train, race, and give 100% every time.

These five keys set Noah Lyles apart from other athletes and put him in a league of his own. But even the most talented workman has his favorite tools, and for Lyles it’s adidas through and through. Check out a full selection of adidas track and field gear at eastbay.com and start owning your success today.

Candace Hill: A Day In The Life

Candace Hill: A Day In The Life

Every high school athlete knows how difficult it is to find time for class, practice, meets or games, homework, family responsibilities, and friends. For 18-year-old Candace Hill, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For the past two years, Candace has been balancing all these responsibilities plus a professional running career with ASICS.

As a sprinter, Candace is no stranger to high-pressure situations. In fact, she thrives in conditions that demand the best from her, and the proof is in the race results. Candace gave Eastbay a glimpse at her daily schedule and broke down how she stays motivated and focused on her goals.

So, you want to know exactly what it takes to be great? Here it is:

6:45 a.m. Wake Up Call

When you’re trying to be the best in the world — and get to class on time — hitting snooze isn’t an option.

8:00 a.m. School

Candace is currently wrapping up her senior year at Rockdale County High School, where she is enrolled in a magnet program that focuses on high-level coursework in math, science, and technology research.

4:00 p.m. Track Practice

               2 hours on the track

After school, Candace heads straight to practice, where she begins with a dynamic warm-up routine. This warm-up helps prevent injury by elevating Candace’s heart rate and loosening up the muscle groups she’ll use throughout her practice session.

Kaylin Whitney’s Must-Have Gear

Kaylin Whitney’s Must-Have Gear

Kaylin Whitney Eastbay Cover

Turning pro at the age of 17 requires more than just raw talent. It takes sacrifice, dedication, and the right gear. Sprinter Kaylin Whitney knows a thing or two about all of those, and she sat down with us to discuss just what she needs in order to race in the big leagues. We’ve got a breakdown of her must-have shoes and clothing so you can get the best to be your best.

Step 1: Train

“I like my trainers, the Nike Lunar Sculpt, because they’re very supportive, but they’re lightweight. I like having the feel where I can still lift my knees up and run as fast as I need to without having to worry about my shoes.”

The freedom Kaylin craves comes from the Lunar Sculpt’s form-fitting, no-sew upper and siped midsole. The upper creates a second-skin fit that moves with her foot, while the midsole siping evenly absorbs and disperses impact through her toughest workouts.

Kaylin Whitney Training

Step 2: Warm-up

“I always wear full-length tights when I’m warming up for a race, just because it helps my body warm up faster and it keeps my body warm. A lot of people, during the middle of a warm-up, will sit down and drink water, and they’ll rest for five minutes, but they’re cold. Wearing long tights helps keep my muscles warm and helps with muscle stimulation, as well.”

No matter your style preference, we have tights from The Swoosh to fit your needs. From sleek black to bright colors and patterns, we’ve got you — and your muscles — covered.

Kaylin Whitney Training

Step 3: Race

“I use the JA Flys, mostly because they support my feet when I run and they wrap around my feet really nice. It’s a good, tight fit, but it’s not suffocating my foot. It gives me a natural step when I run.”

Flywire cables make another appearance in Kaylin’s track spike of choice — which should tell you something. Combine that custom lockdown with an aggressive eight-spike plate, and you’ve got yourself one high-speed racing machine.