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7 TIPS FOR RUNNERS IN A RUT June 15, 2016 12:57

Stuck in the Middle?

Advice for the Mid-Level Runner

Have you noticed that as time goes on, it gets harder to get faster? Early in our running careers, the gains come easy and often. Later on, it gets tougher.
Here are 7 Tips for Intermediate Runners that will help push you along:

 

  • Change Things Up - If you fall into a rut or routine, find ways to change it up to prevent a lack of improvement.
  • Make Recovery a Priority - When it comes to running, recovery is very important. Don't push yourself into exhaustion. Make time for recovery.
  • Get the Necessary Tools - You're no longer a newbie, so get what you need to succeed as a runner. Foam rollers and Compression Apparel are essential for serious runners who want to prevent injury and recover from sore muscles.
  • Alternate your Shoes - One pair of shoes should be for shorter runs and one should be for longer runs. Check out THIS BLOG to find out more.
  • Make Realistic Goals - Don't compare yourself to "old" you from a few years ago. We are older now than we've ever been before. That might mean adjusting workouts accordingly.
  • Be Prepared to Change Shoes - Just because you've always worn a certain shoe doesn't mean it will always work for you. Be prepared to try out other shoes that might be better for you as you evolve as a runner.
  • Be Happy with Who You Are - Don't worry about what other people think. Unless you're a professional runner, your race times don't define who you are (even then, they only define your professional ranking). Be proud of your daily running accomplishments.

 

 

 

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


Top Six Christmas Gift Ideas from St. Pete Running Company December 05, 2015 12:30 1 Comment

How many weeks left until Christmas?!?

Yep, December 25th is right around the corner. THREE WEEKS away to be exact. If you're scrambling to find the perfect gifts for friends and family, look no further! St. Pete Running Company has you covered, even for those hard-to-shop-for friends and relatives.

Make this holiday a special one with these great gift ideas.

1. Gift Cards - How do shop for a picky person? Gift card! The great thing about a St. Pete Running Company Gift Card is that it's a unique, one-of-a-kind gift that supports a locally-owned business.

2. Sunny Runner Christmas Ornament - Another one-of-a-kind gift! The limited edition Sunny Runner Ornament features our logo and a tropical background with a palm tree decorated for Christmas. A must-have for every tree.

3. Trigger Point STK, Foam Roller, or Massage Ball - You can't go wrong with any of the Trigger Point items. They are great for active and sedentary people. Like a toothbrush for your body, the STK, foam roller, and massage ball smooths out muscles and helps with soreness.

4. St. Pete Running Company Shirts, Vests, and Jackets- Keep the one-of-a-kind theme going! Come into the store and browse through a wide variety of tops featuring our Sunny Runner logo.  Our long-sleeve tech shirt is a best-seller with several options for men and women.

5. SOCKS - Feetures, Bolega, Swiftwift, 2XU Compression Socks, and Sunny Runner Socks - For that tough to buy for friend or relative, you can't go wrong with socks. Check out the many options we have, including our one-of-a-kind Defeet Sock with the Sunny Runner Logo.

6. Garmin Forerunner 630 and FR 235 Smartwatches - Looking to really surprise someone special? The all-new FR 630 and FR 235 are now available! Come in to the shop to find out all about the latest features with these Garmin GPS Smartwatches.

 

 

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


THE TEN-STEP FOAM ROLLING ROUTINE November 30, 2015 10:53

If you've been to our free foam rolling class, you know just how valuable foam rolling can be for your muscles. Like a toothbrush for the body, using a foam roller smooths out muscles, works out knots, and decreases injuries to help runners, walkers, joggers, and athletes of any kind maximize their potential.

Here's a simple foam rolling routine to help you make foam rolling a regular habit. The first five steps give specific foam rolling routine suggestions. The last five are essential foam rolling tips.

10-Step Foam Rolling Routine

  1. Begin by sitting on a comfortable surface such as a yoga mat with the foam roller directly behind you.
  2. Roll from the back down (mid-upper back, glutes, hamstrings, calves, ending in prone position with quads)
  3. Repeat three centered rolling motions in each zone, breathing evenly
  4. For the back, roll from mid-to-upper back with pause on spots with feedback
  5. On glutes and legs, angle slightly to the left and roll three times, then repeat with a slight angle to the right (about 45 degrees)
  6. Tip: Foam rolling can be done every day, before and after a workout
  7. Tip: Avoid joints and the bend at the hip, work the muscles around these areas
  8. Tip: Spend extra time on areas giving feedback (note: feedback is not pain, but the places where muscles announce they are in need of extra attention)
  9. Tip: To work on areas with feedback, pump the brakes, windshield wiper, and wheels go round and round (for the motion of the feet or legs)
  10. Tip: For shins, work on outer muscle only (not bone of inside shin) in a prone position and do a crunch with the roller moving along the shin muscle

 

FREE TRIGGER POINT CLASSES COMING UP

Our Free Trigger Point classes take place about once a month at St. Pete Running Company. Visit our EVENTS page to find out when we'll host the next foam rolling class.

 

 

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


7 GIFTS THAT SHOULD BE UNDER EVERY RUNNER'S CHRISTMAS TREE December 17, 2014 13:00

December 25th is going to be here before we know it! Here are some gift ideas to make this holiday a special one!

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1. Gift Cards - We have a special for gift cards this holiday season. Buy a $100 gift and get a free $20 gift card or buy a $50 gift card and get a free $10 gift card.

2.  Stridesmart Shoe and Stride Fitting - Bring that special someone in for our world-class fitting service which is guaranteed to get them into the right pair of shoes.

3. St Pete Running Company Shirt - Our best-selling tech shirt is now available in short sleeve and long sleeve.

4. Trigger Point STK or Foam Roller - A must-have for both active and sedentary people. Consider these a toothbrush for your body.

5. Swiftwick running socks - These socks are moisture wicking and contain a Nobel Prize-winning fiber, olefin. Buy a pair for yourself or your loved ones to be blister free.

6. Yankz - Never tie laces again. Yankz are the most comfortable sure lacing system around and are perfect for walking, running, gym class and everyday wear.

7. Runner's Christmas Ornament - A fantastic addition to your tree from a local Largo-based company. $15

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


TRIGGER POINT STK CLINIC ANNOUNCED November 08, 2014 14:00

Trigger Point Class - Tuesday, November 11th - 6:30 PM

We're happy to be carrying a fantastic new product from Trigger Point Therapy called the Grid STK and Grid STK-X. These are self massage tools which would be great store item for people who are involved with running, cycling, triathlon, and crossfit.

We suggest massaging your soft tissue with the Trigger Point STK as part of your everyday training routine. That in mind, we're holding a Trigger Point Class on how to best use this device before and after training and also in between training sessions as daily maintenance. Our class will be held on Tuesday, November 11th at 6:30 PM. The cost of the Class is $30, and participants will get a Trigger Point Massage STK for free!  We have an Trigger Point certified employee who will show you how to get the most out of this device and also take care of your muscles.

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So if you get sore or want to learn how to get your body to perform at a higher level more often, please make plans to attend this class on Tuesday, November 11th at 6:30 PM from our shop, 6986 22nd Ave North, St. Petersburg.

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