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5 RUNNING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS YOU MIGHT NOT BE TAKING (BUT SHOULD BE) July 06, 2017 08:00

Safety Tips for Runners/Walkers

 When you go for a walk or a jog, do you take these safety precautions? 

1. Wear an ID

It's very important to have some form of identification, such as an emergency wristband. That way if anything were to happen, your essential information would be readily available.

2. Tell Someone Where You're Going

Be sure to tell a trusted family member or friend the route you will be walking/jogging and your expected return time. If you have a GPS watch with live tracking, don't make that info public, but send it to a close friend or family member.

3. Wear Reflective Gear in Low-Light Conditions

Make it very easy for others (especially drivers) to see you, even if it's during the day.

4. Fuel During Runs Longer than 45 Minutes

On longer runs, don't allow your body to deplete. Fuel with energy gels or other electrolyte replenishers.

5. Plan for Water Stops

Make a route that passes water fountains, or carry water with you to prevent dehydration.

 

Where to Get Equipped?

Look no further than your local running store!

 St. Pete Running Company

6989 22nd Ave N, St. Pete, FL 33710

727-800-5043

Mon-Fri: 10AM - 7PM

Sat: 10AM - 6PM

Sun: 12PM - 5PM

 

 

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


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.
 


THE BEST SHOE FITTING PROCESS IN AMERICA November 06, 2015 22:04

Why St. Pete Running Company is the Place to Get Fitted for Shoes

Selecting the correct running shoes for you is an important decision, and not always an easy one. Shoes change each year and so does your body. We are so convinced about the importance of wearing the right shoes that we have developed a unique fitting process called StrideSmart. We are the only store in the world that uses this process.

After going through our shoe fitting, customers usually leave our store with the correct footwear as well as an understanding of their stride. When asked, our expert staff can and often will suggest stretches, strengthening exercises, and adjustments to a person's running form.

Initially, our expert staff will spend a few minutes listening. We want to learn more about you: goals, old shoes, injuries, challenges with running. We're here to help. Also, like any good shoe fitting, we measure your foot both seated and standing. We look at the length & width of your foot as well as your arch length.

At St. Pete Running Company, this step in the shoe fitting process is just the tip of a very big ice burg.

We want to get an understanding of the way your body moves. We will look at a few important things such as 1-legged squat & 2-legged squat to get an idea of your body's natural movement pattern.

The StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process takes into account several important factors:

  • Individual needs
  • Injury history
  • Personal Goals
  • Body alignment
  • Running/walking form
  • Gait
The running and gait analysis involved in a StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process is an in-depth evaluation. Some key things to note:
  • Takes little time out of a busy day (about 20 minutes on average)
  • Shoe fitting is not just for runners, but also designed for walkers and joggers of all abilities.
Interested in your free StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process? Stop by St. Pete Running Company any time during operating hours. No appointment necessary. No obligation to make a purchase. This shoe fitting process will change the way you select running and walking shoes. We're proud of the way our process helps athletes of all abilities maximize their potential.
Have you made mistakes in selecting running shoes in the past? You're not alone. Find out The 3 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Selecting Running Shoes.

 

Come Get Fitted for Your Next Pair of Shoes

St. Pete Running Company is located in the LA Fitness shopping center right across the street from Tyrone Mall.

Phone: 727-800-5043

Address: 6986 22nd Ave North, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710

Store Hours:

M-F: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

 

 

 

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


CUSTOMER FAMILY SPOTLIGHT: NIKKI B. October 13, 2015 13:40

Q & A with St. Pete Supermom Nikki B.

  1. What got you into running & what got you BACK into running? In high school I ran track. Although I performed well, I did NOT like or appreciate it. After getting married and having children, I started going to the gym more and meeting different people participating in the group classes that would talk about running. Someone invited me to run with them in a running group and I decided to give it another try as an adult. I’ve been running ever since. It does mean juggling my duties as a wife and working mom, but having the support of my husband ensures that I get it done even if it means waking up early in the morning . . ."a happy wife = a happy life!"
  1. What do you like about running?  I’m truly a social runner. I love meeting new people, talking to new people, encouraging people, and challenging myself. I’m also very careful to be sure running stays fun for me.  Each and every time I run in the neighborhood or at a race, I’m thankful and proud. I obtained by RRCA running certification for the sole purpose of encouraging others who have a desire to move (running or walking) but haven’t felt or had the support to take the first step.
  1. Describe the running community in St. Pete.  I LOVE the running community. I’ve met some great people, got great tips, ran great routes, and have so much encouragement from those who know me and from random strangers! In the past I’d never run with a group unless I knew I wouldn’t be last. I’ve quickly learned that regardless of speed and ability, you will be accepted.  It’s my personal goal to ensure others are supported when they take their first steps.  No matter what day or time I need to run, there’s always a partner or group I can run with.
  1. Favorite post-run meal? Greek yogurt with fruit for weekday runs. A good solid meal after a race (meat, veggies, bread) and adult beverage cocktail!
  1. Which Garmins do you use & what do you like about them?  I’m a HUGE fan of Garmin FR 920! It has changed my moving habits tremendously and I HIGHLY recommend it to people of all fitness levels. I never take it off.  Additionally, I just treated myself to a Garmin 620 and have learned so much about my running.  Those 2 devices are keeping me going, yet keeping me happy.

Anything else cheeky that people would like to know?  I am the scariest person you can meet, but love challenges that test my physical ability! I’m not talking about riding roller coasters though. I have some major fitness goals that would amaze people but remember my name because you WILL see it when I accomplish the goals!

 

 

 

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


HOW IN SHAPE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? April 17, 2015 09:00 1 Comment

Finding Strengths and Imbalances

Find out how in shape you are with a free FMS

The first thing OPTIMAX PERFORMANCE TRAINING owner, Brian Klepacki, wants blog readers to know is that he will do a complimentary FMS assessment if you mention that you read this post.

What is FMS?

FMS stands for FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN. FMS is the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality.

When Brian Klepacki, FMS Certified Level 1, takes you through these seven basic movement patterns, he observes and assesses mobility, motor control weaknesses, and imbalances. The process only takes about 10 minutes.

FMS was created by Functional Movement Systems, a company with a mission to help people move better and then move often. The philosophy was introduced in 1995, at a time when there was no systematic tool to identify movement asymmetries or major limitations in functional movement patterns.

How in shape am I?

I had the opportunity to complete an FMS with OPTIMAX PERFORMANCE TRAINING owner, Brian Klepacki. You'll get to see how I did in this post.

 

Why is FMS Important?

Anyone who spends time exercising, whether it be running, walking, gym workouts, cycling, etc., can benefit from a FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN.

Benefits include:

  • The ability to quantify a person's full range of mobility

  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in motor control

  • Identifying balances and imbalances in functional mobility

  • A reliable baseline to screen and evaluate movement that provides actionable and effective steps for performance, injury prevention, and recovery

     

    Bria's Functional Movement Screen with Brian Klepacki

    When Brian Klepacki offered to take me through a FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN, I dragged, er, brought Sydney Polhemus along so that I could gain a broader perspective beyond just my score.

    The 7 Exercises of FMS

    1. DEEP SQUAT

    2. HURDLE STEP

    3. INLINE LUNGE

    4. SHOULDER MOBILITY

    5. ACTIVE STRAIGHT-LEG RAISE

    6. TRUNK STABILITY PUSHUP/PRESS-UP CLEARING TEST

    7. ROTARY STABILITY

    How did we do?

    Each exercise was scored from 0-3 with 0 = pain, 1 = bad, 2 = average, and 3 = flawless.

    FINAL SCORE

    Bria: 17

    Sydney: 15

    Not that it was a competition or anything...

    Brian also scored for imbalances and weaknesses. For me, I had an imbalance on the hurdle step where one leg was not lifting as high as the other. I also had upper body strength weakness on the the trunk stability pushup/press-up clearing test. For Sydney, she also had weakness on the the trunk stability pushup/press clearing test but in her core. Her imbalance was also on the hurdle step and the shoulder mobility.

    Brian uses the FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN to create a training plan where imbalances and weaknesses are targeted and ideally improved over time through the program he specifically tailors to each individual.

    Interested in your free FMS?

    CONTACT BRIAN KLEPACKI, OWNER OF OPTIMAX PERFORMANCE TRAINING

    Phone: 727-641-5584

    Email: brian@optimaxperformance.com

    Website www.optimaxperformance.com

    Facebook: Optimax Performance Training

    Instagram: optimaxpt

    NOT IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA?

    Find an FMS expert in your area: http://www.functionalmovement.com/experts

     

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