8 TIPS FOR NEW RUNNERS May 3, 2016 11:06

New to Running?

Start With These 8 Key Tips


1. Don't wait to get started
Start where you are because it's really easy to talk yourself out of starting at all.
2.  Ease into it
Setting goals is important, but don't set inappropriate or unattainable goals as a new runner. Overdoing it can lead to injury and discouragement. Talk to people about your goals not only for the support but for the accountability.
3. Shoes and Bras DO matter
A proper pair of running shoes and good, supportive sports bra will make your transition into running much easier. At St. Pete Running Company, our StrideSmart Shoe Fitting process is one of the best in the country when it comes to getting into just the right shoe for you. Find out all about the top sports bra for runners in the country.
        4. Eat more, not less
Don't decrease your calorie intake when you start running because your body will start thinking it is "starving" and store extra fat cells. You need enough calories for your body to burn.
5. Alternate Shoes
Best running practices include alternating between a distance trainer and a lightweight trainer. Having extra cushion during longer runs often helps prevent sore feet, while lighter shoes for shorter distances will help with efficiency.
6. Run With a Group or a Friend
A running group like the FREE 6:30 PM Group Runs  at St. Pete Running Company are not only great for the encouragement and support, but there is safety in numbers. This also helps keep you accountable.
7. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest
Drinking enough water is important, as is replenishing electrolytes. A good night's sleep allows your body to repair itself.
8. Smile
Because you took the first steps to getting started, you should be proud of yourself.





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

CUSTOMER FAMILY SPOTLIGHT: JOHN H. October 13, 2015 13:50 1 Comment

Meet John H.

John's Story:

At the age of 46, I was 303 pounds. Something clicked one day, and I decided that I was not going to be 300 pounds anymore. My younger brother, Michael, who has always been active, said it best to me once. “If I am going to die young,” he said, “it will not be because of something I could have prevented.” As I stood looking at myself in the mirror that day, I understood what he meant. At this point, we had both had our cancer scares. The only difference being that mine did cause weight gain. I used that fact to explain my laziness and slothfulness, and to dismiss it as an effect of the cancer. Don’t get me wrong. Anyone that has had thyroid cancer, or even hypothyroidism, will attest to the fact that it really screws you up. You feel tired all the time. You can’t focus. The last thing you want to do after working all day is to get on a bike, or go out for a run. The “will” may be there, but it might not be strong enough to get over the lethargy that sets in. But the result in doing nothing for me was a weight gain of 120 pounds.

Shortly after this decision to end this spiral, I was driving home and heard a radio show with a local doctor as a guest talking about the thyroid issue and its effect on testosterone production. Even though he was not in my insurance plan, I made an appointment and paid out of pocket for the test and consultation. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Not only were my thyroid meds out of whack, my T level was 180. So after adjusting the Thyroid and adding T Therapy, the weight started dropping. He was also the one that initially suggested that I sign up for a triathlon. A year later, I completed Escape From Fort DeSoto in 2011. Now I've completed numerous sprint level triathlons, four 70.3 races, five half marathons, and a marathon. I know I made the right choice.

On September 2nd, 2013, I turned 50 years old. As with most people these days, I do not feel 50. I look in the mirror and do not see a 50-year-old man. I have very little gray (only in my beard). I have a full head of hair and no wrinkling. The man looking back at me cannot be 50! But, alas, he is. After changing my eating lifestyle to No Sugar and No Grains (NSNG) my energy levels shot through the roof, and I am finding my body is recovering from workouts, even long strenuous ones, much faster. You can read about and listen to the journey on my blog and podcast, Back of Pack Endurance at www.backofpack.com.




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


What is MELT?

MELT is a simple self-care technique that reduces chronic pain and helps you stay healthy, youthful and active for a lifetime.

When/Where is the Free class?

Saturday, March 28th from 9 - 10 AM at SPRC (led by the experts from Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy)

Give me 3 Reasons to attend this class

  • Back 2 Normal PT (who will lead the class) is currently one of the leading studios in the Tampa Bay area offering the revolutionary self-treatment technique called The MELT Method®

  • This one-of-a-kind treatment method rehydrates the connective tissue, rebalances the nervous system, and restores space to compressed joints

  • Adding 10-minutes of MELT three times a week reduces the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living

Melt image 1How can I get more info?

Meet Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy representatives at SPRC:

  • Monday, March 16th prior to the Group Run (6PM), Lisa from Back 2 Normal PT will give an Injury Prevention talk

Visit the Back 2 Normal PT website




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