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8 TIPS FOR NEW RUNNERS May 03, 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.


ARE YOUR FEET ON THE CLOUD? April 16, 2016 14:00

Responsive Running Shoes for Every Runner

Men's On Cloud 

Women's On Cloud

 

On Running at St. Pete Running Company

St. Pete Running Company is introducing a new brand. On Running Shoes are now in store. Here's what you need to know.

 

What You Need to Know About the Cloud 

  • Designed for runners who want a minimal running shoe with maximal cushioning

  • Super lightweight, flexible and responsive
  • Soft landing with an explosive takeoff
  • Forget about lacing up: The On Cloud features easy-entry lacing

Men's On Cloudsurfer

 

What You Need to Know About the Cloudsurfer

  • Agile and breathable
  • Cushioned while still highly responsive
  • Great neutral shoe for training and race competition
  • Cloud elements move individually to respond to individual gait

 Women's On Cloudflyer

 

What You Need to Know About the Cloudflyer

  • Soft landing of a training shoe with the dynamic kick of a rapid competitive shoe
  • Stability impulse promotes running motion without inward rotation
  • Wider surface area provides a stable stance for safe ride
    • Platform provides a natural range of motion and extra flexibility

     

    Ready to Put Your Feet in a Cloud?

    Come into St. Pete Running Company for your free StrideSmart Fitting Process and try On Running shoes to see how much your feet love the Cloud.

     

     

     

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


    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?

    Swim
    Bike
    Run
    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)

    RSVP ON FACEBOOK

    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.

    Instructors:

    Chris

    Jimmy

    Cody

    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.
     


    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ALTERNATING SHOES February 10, 2016 16:48

    The Benefits of Two Pairs of Shoes

    What's better than having a great pair of Running Shoes? Having two great pairs of Running Shoes! Here's why...

    Imagine that you could buy two cars for around $200. One would probably be a plush, comfortable SUV for longer, slower distance trips where comfort and reliability are important. Your other car would probably be a sporty, fast, and responsive car for zipping around town, short trips, and maybe even taking to the race track.

    Now apply the same concept for your footwear. Most of us know and understand the importance of having a soft cushioned trainer. These are great for our longer distance runs and walks. The cushioning and support make it more comfortable and offer plenty of protection for your feet.

    But we encourage you to think about the second pair of shoes.  These are footwear's equivalent to the Sports Car. A lightweight shoe is perfect for your shorter, faster runs. 

     

    Breakdown of Thicker vs. Thinner Shoes

    Cushioned Trainer

    (Thicker)

    • Lots of cushioning and protection from the ground

    • Comfortable for longer runs/walks

    • Emphasize on comfort over performance

    Lightweight Trainer or Flat

    (Thinner)

    • Lower geometry, meaning your foot is closer to the ground

    • Lighter weight typically = more speed

    • Better for use in the gym and great for working on your running form

     

    Find Your Break Even with Alternating Shoes

    We recommend alternating the two pairs of trainers based on your workout.

    The Long Run

    If you're going for a longer, slower run where cushioning and comfort are paramount, you'll want to use your thicker shoes.

    The Short Run

    If you are doing a shorter, faster run like speed work, tempo, or even a race then you would likely benefit from the lightweight shoe.

    Break Even

    For most of us, we need a "break even" point to know when to switch from one shoe to another. We believe that for most people, this point is around 40 minutes. Simply put, if you're running longer than 40 minutes, you'll probably want to use the thicker shoe. If you're running less than 40 minutes (working on form, tempo, speed work, or gym work) then you'll benefit greatly from switching to your lightweight pair. 

     

    The Fine Print of Shoe Buying

    • We're all different, and no single shoe fits everybody. It's important to get your stride and mechanics evaluated to make sure you're getting the right shoes for you and your needs.

    • Talk to us about you injuries because those play a factor in footwear selection.

    • Expect to run :05 seconds per mile faster in your lightweight shoes.

    • Usually the thicker shoes last a bit longer and are a bit more expensive.

    • We recommend wearing compression socks and also foam rolling your lower leg muscles when you first switch to a lightweight shoe.

     Blog by Cody Angell


    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.