TOP REASONS TO TRY A TRI March 16, 2016 15:45

Get Ready to Try a Tri with St. Pete Running Company

Have you ever wanted to try a triathlon? Then St. Pete Running Company has the perfect course for you! Whether you've done a triathlon in the past or you're thinking about signing up for your first one, you will benefit from attending our 5-week clinic with a team of experts guiding you through a friendly and non-intimidating format.

What is a Triathlon?

A triathlon is a race with three different physical activities: swimming, cycling, and running. There are multiple distances at triathlon races, including shorter sprint distances for first-time triathlon athletes.

Orientation at St. Pete Running Company

WHEN: Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:00 PM

WHERE: St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 (PH: 727-800-5043)


Our kick-off orientation for the Try a Tri 5-week course begins next week. Sign-up in the store and get your questions answered during our orientation. Each participant will need to have their own bicycle and helmet. Recommended that everyone have a good pair of running shoes and goggles (available to purchase at St. Pete Running Company).

Cost: $150 (must sign up in person at St. Pete Running Company)

First class on Saturday, March 26th at 8:00 AM meets at St. Pete Running Company.

The schedule for the Try a Tri Clinic includes meeting 3 times a week:

Monday night 6:30 PM: slow and steady group run at St. Pete Running Company.
Wednesday night 6:00 PM: swim at Pass-A-Grille beach (meet at Hurley Park), followed by a short bike ride and dinner.
Saturday Morning 8:00 AM: cycling and an easy run at St. Pete Running Company.


Why Try a Tri?

The benefits of this 5-week course are numerous! Here are the top reasons to join us for the Try a Tri Clinic with St. Pete Running Company.
  • Have fun as you ease into a great level of fitness with a group encouraging you along the way
  • Improve your skills in swimming, cycling, and running with expert advice
  • Learn how to transition at a triathlon
  • Become comfortable with the basics of the triathlon
  • Receive perks from St. Pete Running company, including:
    • Triathlon race number belt
    • Timing chip strap
    • Yanks elastic laces & installation
    • 10% discount of everything in store
    • Really cool trucker hat or running visor

Get Ready to Try a Tri!

We hope you're as excited as we are about this awesome course! Please note that participants need to be healthy enough to perform physical activities from easy to medium and moderate vigorous levels.





NOTE: This course has a maximum capacity of 15 participants. Sign-up must be done in store.




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


Guest blog by Eric Lawton, NESTA Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach and owner of Max Muscle St. Pete


What type of pre-, intra- and post-nutrition do you need for the sport of running?

The answer: It Depends!

First, you must determine your exercise goals. Ask yourself what type of running you'll be doing. The nutrition required to train for a distance marathon is vastly different from the nutrition required by a runner looking to lose body fat. Without getting into a lengthy science lesson, let's cover a couple of basics that benefit all runners.



The 30 minutes or so immediately following exercise is the single most important window in an athlete's day where proper nutrition is hypercritical. We call this the post-exercise anabolic window. All exercise creates metabolic stress on the body which triggers numerous biological chain reactions including hormone production. Without recovery nutrition, the athlete will experience negative progression in performance. Post exercise needs:
  • High glycemic carbohydrates to replenish lost glycogen stores- includes bananas, melon, honey, white bread, white rice, sugar

  • Amino acids from protein to repair damaged muscle cells- includes whey

  • Vitamins and electrolytes to provide the 'blueprints' for the carbs and protein to be used properly.

Fast acting carbs reload depleted glycogen and spike insulin raising blood sugar to help flood muscles with nutrients.

Protein needs to be immediately available for use without added digestion. An ideal post-exercise protein is a whey hydro-isolate protein supplement mixed with water, juice or other liquid of your choice. The amino acids will 'ride along' with the insulin blood sugar spike from the carbs and repair damaged muscles so you will be ready to exercise again.


Have other questions? Don't let the name fool you....Max Muscle St. Pete is staffed with certified fitness nutrition coaches for all athletes.

Max Muscle St. Pete

6848 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

(727) 343-3648



Here at St. Pete Running Company, we carry a specialized line of Gatorade products that most stores don't have. That line is called Gatorade Endurance. The products are specialized for endurance athletes like runners and triathletes. Gatorade Endurance is NOT regular Gatorade or G2. It is an elite line of sports nutrition for endurance athletes who have specific fueling needs and performance goals.

Used on Major Race Courses In America

Train smart. Train with the products you'll be given during your race. On all major marathon courses, and on every 70.3 mile race and Ironman race in the U.S., the volunteers will be handing you Gatorade Endurance products.

Fun Fact: At Ironman, they will serve orange flavored Gatorade Endurance Formula drink during the bike, and lemon-lime flavored Gatorade Endurance Formula drink on the run.

Tip For Endurance Training: Shoot for 60 grams of carbs per hour of workout.


Products We Carry

    Gatorade Endurance Formula

    Part of a five-electrolyte blend which includes sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and chloride, Gatorade Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink designed to provide hydration during prolonged training and racing when fluid and electrolyte losses can be significant. It has 2X the sodium and 3X the potassium of regular Gatorade.


        Carb Energy Drink

        Carb Energy Drink is a liquid blend of carbs and B-vitamins that’s formulated to fuel muscles. Great to drink before a long run as it is configured for an endurance athlete.


            Carb Energy Chews

            Carb Energy Chews are designed as fuel for both before and during long-distance training and racing. One package of chews provides carbohydrate energy and electrolytes to help you perform at your peak. Their texture is easy to chew, making them the perfect fuel on the go. Plan to eat one chew every fifteen to twenty minutes on a bike ride.



                Gatorytes are a special, supplemental five-electrolyte blend of sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride and calcium created for salty sweaters and cramp-prone athletes. Mix with any 20-ounce Gatorade drink to enhance.


                    Endurance Formula Thirst Quencher Powder

                    Endurance Formula Thirst Quencher Powder has nearly double the sodium (300mg) and triple the potassium (140mg) of original Gatorade. Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink, designed to hydrate athletes engaging in prolonged training and racing when fluid, electrolyte and carbohydrate losses can be significant.




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