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BELIEVERS ACHIEVERS OF ST. PETE RUN FEST: TIFFANY November 20, 2018 10:44

 

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.


BELIEVERS ACHIEVERS OF ST. PETE RUN FEST: KRISTIE November 13, 2018 17:00

 

Meet Believer Achiever Kristie

No one expects to battle addiction and face dark times, but that was all part of Kristie's former lifestyle.

As a Believer Achiever, Kristie has replaced old bad habits with new, healthy ones and her goal is to complete her first race: the St. Pete Run Fest 10K.

Overcoming Adversity 

Kristie takes on a daily uphill battle when it comes to overcoming past addictions. One of her mottos is "One day at a time, one step at a time."

Each day, she has taken the steps and added to her 18 months of sobriety. She quit smoking 4 months ago. And yet it's not only her drive to become a healthier person that motivates her, but the strong support system that surrounds her and encourages her throughout her journey.

Kristie is currently a full-time tenant at the Women’s Residence of the St. Pete Free Clinic. She has a job and is back in school.

St. Pete Running Company accepted Kristie into the Rookie Runner Program through St. Pete Run Fest, which has involved outfitting her with running gear and providing coaching for her race training.

At the Monday and Thursday Night Group Runs at St. Pete Running Company, Kristie has found a community of runners whom she can call friends. Through the St. Pete Free Clinic, she has gained support and skills to meet her life goals.

When You Believe, You Achieve

When Kristie recognized that instead of reaching for a cigarette, she chose instead to go on a run, she discovered a healthy habit was forming, and she was eager to foster that habit. And she wasn't afraid to ask for help.

Through the support of the Rookie Runner Program, she has now completed the longest run of her life: 6.2 miles. She feels prepared not only to start her goal race with confidence, but to complete the St. Pete Run Fest 10K and finish well. She's healthier, and she's never felt better. Week after week, she has been averaging 14 miles. At 4:30 AM, she makes a daily choice to get up in order to get out the door for her run. It takes guts, and Kristie has proven to herself that even when it's hard, she will make that choice every time.

 

Kristie's Advice

"Build fellowship. Get a support network. People who are on the same page as you. Find somebody you like, who inspires you, somebody you want to be like. One day at a time, one step at a time. The better decisions you make, the easier it will become. Build that support network, get in there with the winning crowd. Even when you don’t feel like it, do it because that’s especially when you need to get it done."

 

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.


BELIEVERS ACHIEVERS OF ST. PETE RUN FEST: CASEY November 12, 2018 16:38

 

Meet Believer Achiever Casey

No one expects to be hit by a car, but that's what happened to Casey just a few months before he was signed up to compete in an Ironman.

As a Believer Achiever, Casey strives to rebuild his dreams even in the midst of disappointment, and to overcome the obstacles with the best team he has: his family. His goal is to set a Personal Record at the St. Pete Run Fest Half Marathon.

Overcoming Adversity 

Casey's dream of completing the Ironman in Chatanooga was shattered in a split second when he was hit by a car two months before the event. The dream he and his family had invested in for months was gone. The recovery was a process, and he knew he wouldn't be back to full strength in time for the Ironman.

Thanks to the intense training leading up to the Ironman, Casey was in the best shape of his life, and that contributed to his healing and the great progress he made following the accident. Plus he was determined not to let the accident defeat him. 

When You Believe, You Achieve

When Casey realized that his dream of competing at the Ironman in Chattanooga was gone, he made a decision: to volunteer at the event and bring his family along. He was able to lead by example, and to show his children that he could express passion for his dream by serving others.

Recovery became something for the whole family. His kids helped him set and reach Milestones, and they had a role to play. He set a new goal: to run the Half Marathon at St. Pete Run Fest and to set a Personal Record. The timeline was tight as the race takes place four months after the accident, but with the support of his family and his determination, Casey feels more than prepared to take on this challenge. And he can't wait to join his son in the St. Pete Run Fest 5K, which will be his son's first race.

 

Casey's Advice

"A decision has to be made. You can sulk or you can turn this into a way to inspire. I wanted my kids to know that nothing can stop you from achieving a dream. My serious injuries were simply 'ouchies' and we built milestone lists. WE started making progress. Although I could not compete, my kids saw my passion when I took on volunteering at the race where I could no longer compete. No matter what you do, do it to the best of your ability! 

 

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.


MEET OUR NEW RUNNING COACH JEREMY RICHARDSON July 21, 2018 15:53

Running Coach Jeremy Richardson

We're delighted to announce a new coach at St. Pete Running Company! Meet Jeremy Richardson, a physical therapy assistant, a runner, and a triathlete.

“We're excited to have Jeremy on board as our head coach at Run St. Pete, our training club. It was a highly selective process to find someone who could meet our expectations. As a talented up and coming coach and physical therapist, he's been advocating for us for years, and has sent many people to our store for a properly fitted running and walking shoe. He believes in what we are doing. To have a running and triathlon coach who is an elite athlete and a physical therapist is excellent. But to have that skill set and also demonstrate leadership and compassion for the individual is world class. He was a shoe-in for the job.”

~St. Pete Running Company Owner Cody Angell

 

Get to Know Jeremy

Q: Where are you from and what's your background?

Jeremy: I was born in Tennessee but have lived in the Tampa Bay Area since I was three. My love of running came from running in different sports. No matter what sport it was, I always loved the running aspect of the game.

Q: How long have you been involved with the sport?

Jeremy: Triathlon has been a huge passion of mine since I first raced at 16. I have gained many experiences from racing all over the world and training with some incredibly talented athletes. During my time at Florida State University, I was able to train with two National Champions, and some of the best triathletes in the southeast.

Q: Top sporting moment?

Jeremy: My top sporting moment was winning the Gasparilla 8k, hearing all of my friends and family cheering, and having Meb Keflezighi give me my award.

Q: What do you like about helping people?

Jeremy: My passion in life is helping people! I love pushing people to be the best and have fun while doing it. I utilize the latest techniques in training and rehabilitation to keep my athletes healthy by progressively pushing them to new levels of fitness.

Q: Why did you choose to work with St. Pete Running Company?

Jeremy: I chose to work with St. Pete Running Company because I believe in and like what Janna and Cody are doing, which is growing the running community in a fun way.

Q: What are your goals as an athlete?

Jeremy: My goals are to continue to PR, and see where that takes me. I qualified as a professional triathlete, and I'd like to qualify again, and if able, to compete at that level.  

 

 

 

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


THE ST. PETE MILE! WE'RE HAVING A 1-MILE TRACK RACE May 23, 2018 13:50

Join us for the first ever St. Pete Mile! Whether you're looking to run your first ever mile or you're trying to crush your personal best, this is for you! This is soon to be a favorite on the Summer Running Calendar. This is friendly, laid back, inclusive, and above all it's FUN!
 
St. Pete Mile

We meet on National Running Day, June 6th, on the track at Northside Christian School (Address: 7777 62nd Ave North in St. Pete). The Run/Race Distance is 1 mile.
The cost to register is $10. Kids 12 & Under can participate for free! The event commences at 6:45 PM. There will be multiple heats of the mile so participants can run with people of comparable speed.
 

Provisional Event Schedule

Arrival & Registration: 6:15 PM.
6:45 - Kids 1-Lap
6:55 - Kids 1-Mile
7:15 - Believe Mile - 12:00 - 15:00 pace
7:35 - Achieve Mile -9:00 - 12:00 pace.
7:50 - Moxie Mile - 7:00 - 9:00 Pace
8:00 - Championship Mile Female - Under 7:00 minute pace ($50 for the top female)
8:10 - Championship Mile Male - Under 7:00 minute pace
($50 for the top male)
8:25 - Pace Your Race - Estimate finish time & closest finisher wins $50. This Race is open for everyone of all abilities to participate.
8:40 - Awards

Ways to Register

  1. In store at St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave N, SP
  2. Online Click Here
  3. Sign up the day of the event at the track
St Pete Mile Run
 
Other Info:
-$1 for every mile run will go to benefit the Athletic Department of Northside Christian School.
- This event is for runners of all abilities.
- Bring your family and friends out to cheer on the other runners
-Celebrate National Running Day in a fun and festive way with other runners.
- Be sure to tell us and others if you're running! Use #mystpetemile and #RunStPete and tell us WHY you're running.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q - Do I have to be fast or experienced to do this?

A - No! Our events and programming are for people of all abilities and paces.

Q - What if I'm not that fast?

A- We group participants into pace groups so you will run with people of your approximate speed. Example: All the people who run 8:30 per mile will be seeded in the Moxie Mile which is for those who run 7:00-9:00 pace. You won't be racing against someone looking to run 4:30.

Q - Is there a race T-shirt?

A - No, we've got something better. The adult finishers get a limited edition bottle of our hot sauce!

Q - Will there be medals?

A - No, but you can take lots of pictures and catalogue your experience on social media. This keeps your cost down and doesn't take up space in your closet.

Q - How do I know what pace I run?

A - We recommend timing yourself for a practice mile and using that. We also have track training on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM at Northside Christian Track. Training on a track can help you understand approximately what pace you'll be able to run during the race.

Q - Can my kids run this?

A - YES! Kids 12 & Under can participate for free! Children are our future and they deserve a healthy and active lifestyle. We have a little kids running class on Sunday, May 27th at 3:00 PM to teach your little ones proper running form. Toddlers/small children can do the 1-Lapper (400 meters or 1/4 Mile) or the kids mile, depending on how much running they have been doing.

Q - Can I bring my dog?

A - No. We aren't allowed dogs on the track.

Q - How does Pace Your Race work?

A- Pace your race is for all participants. Even if you've run a previous mile. Before the event you'll need to predict your estimated mile finishing time. We'll hide all clocks & there's no watches for this event. The finisher who gets the closest to their estimated time will be the winner and get $50.

Q - Where can I sign up?

A - Sign up ONLINE by clicking the link, or come into St. Pete Running Company to sign up in store, or sign up at the track on Wednesday, June 6th, where you can register at 6:15 PM