Why Swim With a Group?

5 Reasons to Join the Open Water Swim Course

  • Safety- Even if you've been swimming for a long time, it's best to have at least one other person with you in the open water.
  • Encouragement- Join other athletes who are learning just like you, and you'll be able to encourage each other.
  • Race Day Experience- The best way to prepare is to practice! You'll be more comfortable and efficient in open water during your triathlon if you've practiced with a group to simulate the actual race.
  • Improvement- While learning new (or improving upon) skills of swimming in a pack, sighting, and breathing, you'll swim faster without any extra effort.
  • Confidence- Nerves at a race are normal, but with practice and increased confidence, you can prevent any unnecessary panic or stress.

About the Course

Open Water Swims on Tuesday and Saturday!

Join us for this informative and fun swim course. It would be the perfect course for beginners, those who are weak in the water, someone who is looking to improve technique, or if you are just looking to become comfortable in the water. Some things we will work on during this course will be sighting, entering and exiting the water, drills specific to open water swimming and how to swim in a group.

Cost: This will be a 5 session course.  Cost is $49.99 for all 5 sessions or just join us for a drop in session of $15.00.

Session dates:
Tuesdays  - June 13th, 20th, 27th 6:30pm at Maderia Beach
Saturdays - June 17th and July 1st 9:00am at Caddy's on the Beach

If you have more questions please contact Jimmy.  




Blogger Bria is a customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company.


Looking for a Last-Minute Gift?

Check Out These Father's Day Gift Ideas!

1. Gift Card for Shoe Fitting

Perfect for the runner, walker, and man on his feet when he needs shoes! We'll take Dad through our StrideSmart Fit Process for just the right pair.

2. Laces to Make Any Shoe Easy to Get On-And-Off

Make it easy for Dad to slip his walking or jogging shoes on and off with Yankz or Lock Laces. We can even install them for him!

3. Compression Shorts, Sleeves, or Socks

Compression tights and sleeves made by 2XU are excellent for decreasing muscle soreness and helping increase blood flow. Socks are great for diabetics or those with blood clotting issues.

4. A New Outfit

If your Dad doesn't shop much for himself, here's your chance to get him an outfit he's going to love. Or get a gift card so he can pick out his own.

5. Trucker Hat

We've got two new Trucker Hats (the other one has an orange bill) to keep Dad in style and keep his head cool and shaded.

6. Sunscreen

Dad might need a reminder to apply it, but he'll love this gel sunscreen that takes only a tiny amount and covers a lot of surface. No sticky feeling, either!

7. Nutrition

If Dad walks or jogs on a regular basis, fuel is important. From tablets, gels, chews, protein bars, and more, find a variety of flavors that he'll enjoy.

8. Spoil Dad with an Awesome Smartwatch

Can you put a price on all Dad has done for you? Then surprise him with a Garmin smartwatch! We've got a variety in store from the Forerunner models to the all-new Fenix 5 models.

9. Delicious One-of-a-Kind Hot Sauce

Our flavorful but not too hot Sunny Runner Hot Sauce will put a smile on Dad's face as he enjoys breakfast, lunch, or dinner!




Blogger Bria is a customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company.


Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Have You Thought About Coming to Group Run?

Curious about Group Run? Have you wondered what it's all about? Do you hesitate when it comes to joining a Group Run? Have you thought about going to a Group Run but decided not to because you don't know anyone?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, My First Group is for you! If you have never made it to a Group Run before simply due to scheduling conflicts, My First Group Run is for you!

Would you like a Group Run that is non-intimidating? Stress Free? And Cost Free?

My First Group Run is for you!

Welcome First Timers to My First Group Run!

We're so excited to introduce our new event called My First Group Run.

You may have heard about the Free Group Runs at St. Pete Running Company every Monday and Thursday at 6:30 PM. We're putting on a special event just for first timers.

Event Details

My First Group Run

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM


Every first-time Group Runner will receive a $10 Gift Card to the store.

There will also be reserved parking just for first timers!

What to expect at My First Group Run:

This Free Group Run is for all levels of walkers and joggers. When you arrive at St. Pete Running Company, there will be about a ten minute talk from a staff member explaining in detail the step-by-step process of what we do at Group Run, including a Q&A for those who have questions. We want you to feel very comfortable at our Group Run, so we'll have some current Group Runners available to pair up with you for the actual Group Run. We'll help you estimate what pace you plan to go and pair you up with someone who will be able to stay with you during the run or walk. Then we'll head out on a casual walk or jog with partners at whatever distance you are comfortable with up to a 5K. But if you'd like to do less distance, that's not a problem at all. We want this to be a stress-free and non-intimidating run or walk for you!




Blogger Bria is a customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company.


Ready to Get Faster and Improve Your 5K Pace?

Advice & Tips from St. Pete Running Company 
Are you looking to improve your 5K races? Would you like to get better at pacing and get faster?

St. Pete Running Company has some quick tips and advice to share that will help you on your journey to improve your running.

  • SET GOAL PACE - One day of the week, run at your goal 5K pace during intervals (meaning for short distances, such as 400 or 800 meters.)
  • INCORPORATE EASY RUNS - Not every run should be at the same pace. Make sure you have easy runs scheduled in. They are just as beneficial as hard runs.
  • AVOID THE HEAT - Avoid the heat of the day. Try to run early in the morning or later in the day.
  • HYDRATE - Lots of water. Refill that water bottle throughout the day.
  • SWAP BETWEEN 2 PAIRS OF SHOES - Purchase a second pair of shoes. A lightweight model is ideal for some during a 5K and can take 3-5 seconds off your time per mile. Moderate/higher cushion shoes for longer mileage days.
  • CONSISTENCY - Remember that consistency is king. Make a schedule that works for you (including rest days) and be consistent for maximum benefit.
  • JOIN A RUNNING GROUP - Have a group that holds you accountable. You're more likely to show up if there are friends waiting to encourage you, and you can encourage them!


How to Make it STICK!

Ready to make the necessary changes to improve your 5K but don't know where to start? LET US HELP! 

Training, Coaching, Speedwork, Track, Group Runs, and More at St. Pete Running Company

Advice and Tips are great! But do you need some help when it comes to putting these ideas into practice? We're here to help!

At St. Pete Running Company, we are known for our one-of-a-kind StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process. We evaluate your gate and analyze your functional movements, all while taking into account your running history and goals for the future. This process doesn't take long, and we can help you pick out the ideal pair (or pairs) of shoes for you!

FREE GROUPS EVERY WEEK! We host Group Run on Monday and Thursday at 6:30 PM for all levels from walkers to joggers. There's usually a fun theme which may include shoe demos, snacks, drinks, and discounts! First timers get a $10 Gift Card to the store.

TRACK AND SPEEDWORK - We've partnered with Northside Christian School, and they have generously allowed us to use their state-of-the-art track on Wednesday mornings! Track meets at 5:30 AM. For Speedwork, we meet Wednesday evenings at Walter Fuller Park (near the dog park) at 6:15 PM. Both Track and Speedwork have a $15 Drop-in rate, or you can pay for the 8-week session for $79.99. For more details, email Coach Jimmy.

COACHING WITH JIMMY - There are multiple options when it comes to training with Coach Jimmy from personal coaching, one-on-one coaching, multisport coaching, to swim coaching. He's taking new clients! Contact Jimmy via Email for more information.



Ready to take your running to the next level with coaching?

Email Coach Jimmy or Call the Store: 727-800-5043




Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.


The All-New Garmin fēnix® 5X

Are you curious about all the features of the Garmin fēnix® 5X? Read on, and you'll start asking yourself: What DOESN'T this watch do?

For the runner who goes the extra mile, the fēnix® 5X is the ultimate smartwatch. Whether you're training for a triathlon, an ultra marathon, or planning an Appalachian Trail hike, you're in good hands with the premier multisport companion.

What You Need to Know

  • Stainless steel for durability
  • Full color map guidance includes route suggestions for the adventurous cyclist, runner, walker, and hiker (and helps prevent you from getting lost!)
  • Battery life up to 35 Hours (in saver mode)
  • Wrist Heart Rate and Smart Notifications
  • Water-rated to 100 meters
  • Advanced GPS for challenging environments
  • Attractive appearance for an easy transition from workplace to workout
  • Advanced performance metrics such as VO2 max, heart rate variability, recovery advisor, and more to monitor training and compare results with your peers
  • Swim profiles, skiing, paddle sports, and golf for maximum multisport use
  • Comprehensive navigation includes altimeter, barometer, and compass
  • Custom apps and watch faces



Garmin fēnix® 5X Now at St. Pete Running Company

Ready to for a smartwatch that will take you to the next level? Stop by St. Pete Running Company where we carry the full line of Garmin fēnix® 5 including 5S and 5X.

Address: 6986 22nd Ave North, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710

Phone: (727)-800-5043





Blogger Bria is a customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company.