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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.


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


4 REASONS TO TEST OUT MIZUNO RUNNING SHOES April 06, 2015 16:00

On April 13th at our 6:30 PM Monday Group Run, everyone will have the opportunity to test out a pair of Mizuno Running Shoes.

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Wave Rider (Mens and Womens)

Mizuno is a Japanese company that believes in creating a high quality running shoe.

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Wave Hitogami (Womens)

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Wave Sayonara (Mens)

 

What is wave technology?

Unlike other running shoe companies, Mizuno uses wave technology for their cushioning structure. Every one of their shoes has what's called a Wave plate, a polymer plastic plate that runs from mid-foot to heel or arch to heel. The Wave plate dynamically cushions a runner's impact, helping transfer the impact forces throughout the body of the shoe instead of in one spot. The ripple effect is similar to a drop of water hitting a pond.

 

4 Reasons to test out Mizunos at Monday's Group Run

  • LIGHTWEIGHT and COMFORTABLE-- Overall, their shoes are some of the lighter weight shoes on the market, and they give the comfortable feel of a hug around the middle of the foot to the heel.

  • SHOCK ABSORPTION-- The basic structure of the Wave allows the cushioning midsole to disperse the impact forces of running by spreading it out more evenly through the shoe.

  • SUPPORT-- Wave technology adds cushioning and support with a smoother heel-toe-transition. Firmer connection to the ground due to the firmness of the Wave plate provides inherent support in the area around the arch to keep you centered in the shoe.

  • ENERGY-SAVING-- Their shoes are designed to maximize and balance forward momentum, which leads to an increase in saved energy.

 

Join us Monday, April 13th at 6:30 PM to test out a pair and see for yourself how much your feet love the feel of Mizuno Running Shoes.

 

 

 

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