10 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD DO BEFORE THE SKYWAY 10K February 28, 2019 20:34 1 Comment

Who's Ready to Conquer the Skyway?!

Ready to Race? These 10 Tips Can Help

The Skyway 10K is this Sunday, and we've got some expert advice to share with you. Whether it's your first or second time running this bridge race, these tips can help you have a successful race day.

  1. Stop Training (for the most part) - At this point, your training should be tapering off until race day to very very easy walk/jogging.
  2. Don’t do anything new - No new boot camps. Don't help someone move to a new apartment. Don't try that new sushi restaurant until AFTER the race.
  3. Reduce stress - Try to reduce work/stress if possible. Saying NO to some things will help.
  4. Get sleep 2 nights before - Because you aren't going to sleep great the night before the race. Any race....
  5. Make a "Flat You" the night before - This a fun way of saying lay out your clothes the night before, including everything that will be on your body like a Garmin watch, Nathan belt, gels. Wear your most comfortable running shoes and wear a Sunny Runner shirt (and feel free to post an Instagram photo of "Flat You" with #SunnyRunner and #RunStPete)!
  6. Plan your trip to + from the race - Uber is always a good option. If you're driving (or being driven), consider roads like 1st Ave South as alternatives to I275, which will be a mess.
  7. Plan your poop - It’s ok to have to go more than once on race morning. That doesn’t mean anything is wrong.
  8. Make a movie in your mind - Visualize everything from the time you wake up to the time you get home. Also know how many drinks you plan on having after the race, if any.
  9. Change your mind - This is for fun. Tell yourself: I'm not intimidated by that bridge or the distance.
  10. Positive set talk - During the race, tell yourself, “I got this." Break up the run into smaller segments by looking ahead to something (pylon, crack in the road). When you get to it, audibly say “yes!” And then pick the next one, all the way to the finish.

We Wish You the Best of Luck!

If you like this kind of advice, that's exactly what we do in the store every day. Feel free to visit our store and let our expert staff take you through our one-of-a-kind StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process. It's free! This in-depth gait analysis is specifically designed to help runners and walkers find the right shoe just for you. Plus we can help you identify problem areas and provide tips for areas of improvement.

Limited Edition Bridge Shirts

And don't forget to come in and get our awesome Bridge Shirts ("I Got 99 Problems and a Bridge Ain't One) before we run out! Limited supply in store.


Address: 6986 22nd Ave North, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710
Phone: 727-800-5043
Store Hours:
M-F: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.





Blog by Cody Angell, Owner of St. Pete Running Company


Get Your Vote In!


The 50 Best Running Stores in America competition is now open. If you've had a good experience at St. Pete Running Company, we'd love it if you'd take a moment and vote for us as one of the best running stores in America.

Here at St. Pete Running Company, our goal is for you to have the best customer service experience you've ever had in a running store. We want you to know that you, our customer family, are so important to us! Our community events are designed for you to come and feel welcome and included, to meet like-minded walkers and runners who will hopefully become lifelong friends! Plus we hope we can continue to help you reach your fitness goals through our many classes, training groups, and track programs.

We wouldn't be who we are without you, our customer family. If you decide to submit a nomination for us, we offer our heartfelt thanks!





Blogger Bria is a Customer Service Manager at St. Pete Running Company.



Five-Week Bridge Run Training

Starts January 27th


Are you looking to improve your overall fitness? Bridge and hill training is for you! If you're signed up for the Skyway 10K, this training group is for you! (Please note we are not affiliated with the race). You don't have to be signed up for a race to join this group. All are welcome to come out and train with this fun and inclusive group!

Our expert staff will lead you through these training sessions where we'll help you not only improve your running technique, but you'll improve overall strength and efficiency on hills and bridges.

Cost: $49.99 for 5 Weeks

Drop in rate: $15 per workout session

If you register for the whole program you will receive 10% Discount in store purchases until March 5. You'll get a 10% Discount in our store for the duration of the program, our on-site Athletic Trainers will provide you with a free one-on-one injury prevention screening, and you'll receive free products from Gatorade Endurance.

This 5 week session will start January 27th and end on February 24th, the week before the Skyway 10k. The official dates for each session are Jan 27th, Feb 3, Feb 10th, Feb 17th, Feb 24th. The location will vary with each session, but there will be hills and/or bridges at each one! Each workout is different and will focus on a specific skill for hill running guaranteed to improve your fitness and do so without causing injury to your body.



If you have questions please call the store at 727-800-5043 or email Cody



St. Pete Run Fest Believers & Achievers

You've followed their journeys as they prepared for St. Pete Run Fest. Now they've completed the race and they've come out stronger on the other side.

We're following up with Casey, Kristie, and Tiffany to find out how their races went, and if they reached their goals.

As a refresher, Casey recovered from a severe accident where he was hit by a car four months before St. Pete Run Fest, Kristie has replaced former addictions with healthy habits, and Tiffany suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) which has left her legally blind.

They Believed & Achieved!


Casey completed the 3 Daughters St. Pete Half Marathon at St. Pete Run Fest. Although he didn't set a Personal Record, he ran an impressive race and placed 8th Overall!

The result: He Did It!

For Casey, the best part was running the Dolphin Double so that he could join his son's first 5K race, and having his wife and kids cheering him on at both races. After surgeries and recovering from the accident, he's so happy to have been able to do his best and enjoy such a beautiful city run along the waterfront. Plus he finished 8th place overall! Which is quite a feat four months after a severe car accident. He highly recommends Run Fest.

Casey's Advice: "I took every chance I could to high five fellow runners, smile, and embrace the atmosphere RunFest provides. And pace yourself early. Keep in mind the race is very flat overall, but as you "climb" away from the water toward the Trop, there is a long gradual incline, which can come back to get you later on in race. Other than that, make sure you enjoy the incredible view and smile, it makes it hurt less..."



Kristie completed the Rollin' Oats Trop 10K at St. Pete Run Fest. Her goal was to finish the race.

The result: She Did It!

For Kristie, the best part was having everyone around her believe in her until she believed in herself. That was empowering. She thought she was going to do the 5K and had no idea if she'd be able to finish the 10K or not. But she did it! It was the first time she'd made a decision to do something and and follow it through to the end. And she felt amazed at all she accomplished. Having the women from her St. Pete Free Clinic residence out there right at the end, cheering on, showing up, was just incredible for her.




Tiffany completed the 3 Daughters St. Pete Half Marathon at St. Pete Run Fest. She had a goal of beating the time she got last year, and getting a time under 2 hours.

The result: She Did It!

For Tiffany, the best part was challenging herself and discovering that she could dream it and achieve it! Her goal was to better her time from last year, and she did it! With hard work and perseverance, Tiffany has been able to overcome obstacles to run the race she set out to do. Overall, the race went great for her and she'd recommend it to anyone who is thinking about running at St. Pete Run Fest next year.

Tiffany's Advice: "Give it your all and do your best!"


See Their Stories

Check out their individual stories and see just how far Casey, Kristie, and Tiffany have come!

Read Casey's Story

Read Kristie's Story

Read Tiffany's Story


St. Pete Running Company is a proud sponsor of St. Pete Run Fest.





Blogger Bria is a Customer Service Manager at St. Pete Running Company.



Meet Believer Achiever Tiffany

No one expects to suffer a life-altering injury, but that's what happened to Tiffany, who is now legally blind.

As a Believer Achiever, Tiffany has a "Never Give Up" attitude that pushes her along no matter what obstacles face her. Her goal is to complete the St. Pete Run Fest Half Marathon and beat the time she got last year.

Overcoming Adversity

Tiffany faces major challenges each and every day because of a TBI (traumatic brain injury) which led to her becoming legally blind.

A former gym owner, Tiffany was training for an upcoming Muay Thai fight. At the end of a session, she passed out and was taken to the hospital where doctors discovered a cerebral hematoma.
After brain and eye surgery, Tiffany's sight became very limited to the point where she is legally blind. "It's like seeing through a straw," she explains. That makes it difficult to run, and her balance and coordination is off, so everyday tasks have gotten harder. She has dealt with losses in short term memory and long term memory.

When You Believe, You Achieve

When Tiffany was younger, she ran track in school. A friend suggested she join St. Pete Running Company's Track Program, which involves a coached workout on the track at Northside Christian School. She fell in love with the program and the people. Week after week, she continues to come out to Wednesday Track Night. One fellow runner even held Tiffany's hand when the sun started setting to assist in guiding her steps as it got dark.

Tiffany stays active in as many ways as she can. A former personal trainer, her love for working out helps her maintain a healthy routine. At home, she has written her own workouts and completes what she sets out to do. About three times a week, her mom drops her off at the beginning of a trail where she's able to run the familiar route by herself or with a friend. On occasion, friends have taken her to the gym for a workout, and she's been able to participate in a spin class once a week.
As St. Pete Run Fest approaches, Tiffany is well prepared to face the challenge and hopes to better her Half Marathon time.


Tiffany's Advice

"Never stop! And live in the moment. I'm motivated by life in general and have always been a very physical person. I continue to try to improve both physically and mentally every day. My advice to others is to join in the events with St. Pete Running Company. They will always make you feel welcome."


St. Pete Running Company is a proud sponsor of St. Pete Run Fest. We're the Official Merchandizer of St. Pete Run Fest, and we'd love to see you in our store, at the race expo on race weekend Nov. 16th-17th, and at our cheer station on Sunday, Nov. 18th.




Blogger Bria is a Customer Service Manager at St. Pete Running Company.