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THE ST. PETE MILE! WE'RE HAVING A 1-MILE TRACK RACE May 23, 2018 13:50

Join us for the first ever St. Pete Mile! Whether you're looking to run your first ever mile or you're trying to crush your personal best, this is for you! This is soon to be a favorite on the Summer Running Calendar. This is friendly, laid back, inclusive, and above all it's FUN!
 
St. Pete Mile

We meet on National Running Day, June 6th, on the track at Northside Christian School (Address: 7777 62nd Ave North in St. Pete). The Run/Race Distance is 1 mile.
The cost to register is $10. Kids 12 & Under can participate for free! The event commences at 6:45 PM. There will be multiple heats of the mile so participants can run with people of comparable speed.
 

Provisional Event Schedule

Arrival & Registration: 6:15 PM.
6:45 - Kids 1-Lap
6:55 - Kids 1-Mile
7:15 - Believe Mile - 12:00 - 15:00 pace
7:35 - Achieve Mile -9:00 - 12:00 pace.
7:50 - Moxie Mile - 7:00 - 9:00 Pace
8:00 - Championship Mile Female - Under 7:00 minute pace ($50 for the top female)
8:10 - Championship Mile Male - Under 7:00 minute pace
($50 for the top male)
8:25 - Pace Your Race - Estimate finish time & closest finisher wins $50. This Race is open for everyone of all abilities to participate.
8:40 - Awards

Ways to Register

  1. In store at St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave N, SP
  2. Online Click Here
  3. Sign up the day of the event at the track
St Pete Mile Run
 
Other Info:
-$1 for every mile run will go to benefit the Athletic Department of Northside Christian School.
- This event is for runners of all abilities.
- Bring your family and friends out to cheer on the other runners
-Celebrate National Running Day in a fun and festive way with other runners.
- Be sure to tell us and others if you're running! Use #mystpetemile and #RunStPete and tell us WHY you're running.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q - Do I have to be fast or experienced to do this?

A - No! Our events and programming are for people of all abilities and paces.

Q - What if I'm not that fast?

A- We group participants into pace groups so you will run with people of your approximate speed. Example: All the people who run 8:30 per mile will be seeded in the Moxie Mile which is for those who run 7:00-9:00 pace. You won't be racing against someone looking to run 4:30.

Q - Is there a race T-shirt?

A - No, we've got something better. The adult finishers get a limited edition bottle of our hot sauce!

Q - Will there be medals?

A - No, but you can take lots of pictures and catalogue your experience on social media. This keeps your cost down and doesn't take up space in your closet.

Q - How do I know what pace I run?

A - We recommend timing yourself for a practice mile and using that. We also have track training on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM at Northside Christian Track. Training on a track can help you understand approximately what pace you'll be able to run during the race.

Q - Can my kids run this?

A - YES! Kids 12 & Under can participate for free! Children are our future and they deserve a healthy and active lifestyle. We have a little kids running class on Sunday, May 27th at 3:00 PM to teach your little ones proper running form. Toddlers/small children can do the 1-Lapper (400 meters or 1/4 Mile) or the kids mile, depending on how much running they have been doing.

Q - Can I bring my dog?

A - No. We aren't allowed dogs on the track.

Q - How does Pace Your Race work?

A- Pace your race is for all participants. Even if you've run a previous mile. Before the event you'll need to predict your estimated mile finishing time. We'll hide all clocks & there's no watches for this event. The finisher who gets the closest to their estimated time will be the winner and get $50.

Q - Where can I sign up?

A - Sign up ONLINE by clicking the link, or come into St. Pete Running Company to sign up in store, or sign up at the track on Wednesday, June 6th, where you can register at 6:15 PM


3 WAYS TO BREAK DOWN THE SHOE WALL October 18, 2017 10:52

The Language of Running

Do you speak RUNNING?

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Running has developed its own language, and today's blog will help make the shoe wall at the store seem a little less intimidating and more understandable.


At St. Pete Running Company, we have personally run in and researched every shoe before it makes an appearance on our shoe wall. No single brand of running/walking shoe that we carry is better than any of the others when it comes to capability and durability. Plus higher price does not necessarily mean a better shoe. What is “better” for you will be determined by things like your mechanics, the fit, and your goals rather than the price or color scheme. Within each brand, there are premium neutral and premium stability models, standard neutral and standard stability models, and responsive lightweight models.

3 Ways To Break Down the Shoe Wall:

    1. Premium Vs Standard
    2. Neutral Vs Stability
    3. Responsive & Lightweight

           

          PREMIUM VS STANDARD

          “The more expensive one must be a better shoe…RIGHT?!?”

          Men's Brooks Levitate: a premium model

          The difference between a standard model and a premium model is that the premium models are outfitted with all the latest and greatest technology that the brand has released. New features like this will often debut on their premium models and then trickle down to lower priced models in the following update.

          Women's Brooks Launch: a standard model

          The catch is typically added weight penalty. If you are running a lot of miles, just getting back into running, have previous injuries, or are trying to correct some mechanics, you may benefit from these features and not care about the added weight. Others might favor a standard model in order to find the right balance of effectiveness, comfort, and weight.

           

          NEUTRAL VS STABILITY

          “I don’t need a stability shoe to get arch support?!?"

          Women's Mizuno Wave Rider: a neutral model

          A neutral shoe will have little to no effect on your natural stride while a stability shoe prevents your foot/ankle from crashing inwards. Just because you are fitted for a stability shoe one time doesn’t mean you won’t be fitted for a neutral shoe down the line, or vice versa. Many things will affect this such as running form, body mechanics, injuries, physical traits, and sometimes even the pace you are running.

          A neutral runner’s foot will tend to stay relatively flat on the running surface, and at times they may even supinate (underpronate), which is where the outer edge of the foot is favored. If a neutral runner were to run in a stability shoe, it could push the foot further to the outside edge causing pain on the outside of the foot, knee, or IT band.

          Overpronation is when the ankle and foot tend to roll inwards towards the runner’s arch as they bear weight on it through their stride. Often, the outside edge of the shoe is lifted from the running surface. A stability model shoe will use a more dense foam, plastic support, or a combination of the two on the arch side of the midsole in order to prevent the inward rolling of the ankle, thus keeping the runner’s foot flat on the running surface.

          Men's Wave Inspire: a stability model

          Neither overpronation nor underpronation refers to the orientation of the toes from the body (duck-footed or pigeon-toed), but rather to the relationship of the entire foot and ankle relative to the running surface. In addition, other features a runner may desire in a shoe such as arch support, level of cushioning, or a wide/narrow toe box can be found in both a neutral and a stability type shoe.


          RESPONSIVE AND LIGHTWEIGHT

          “What is heel-toe-drop and does it even matter?”

          Women's Saucony Kinvara: a lightweight, responsive model

          Some shoes are designed to be lighter weight, feel more “springy,” and facilitate a faster running pace. The level of responsiveness depends on the shoe's response to your toe's push off and your forward motion as you pick up the pace. When running faster, you don’t want to lose any of your effort sinking into the enjoyable cushioning of your daily trainer. Lightweight shoes react to any effort you exert, maximizing rebound and forward motion. This translates to less required effort to go faster! Lightweight shoes are great for speedwork, tempo runs, and race day.

          Men's On Cloud: a lightweight, responsive model

          What makes a shoe more responsive is slightly different across brands, but in general, there is less foam or gel between your foot and the ground, a different, more firm or springy type of foam or gel is used instead, or they achieve a snappier feeling by cutting the flex grooves on the bottom shallower or utilizing a polymer insert as part of the midsole.

          Heel-toe-drop is measured in millimeters and describes the difference in elevation from the ground between your heel and forefoot. In most cases, a daily trainer will range between 10-12mm and a responsive lightweight model will range between 4-6mm. A lower drop shoe will be lighter and can facilitate better running form, but a higher drop shoe will protect those who have a history of chronic calf tightness, achilles injuries, or even plantar fasciitis.

           

          HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SHOE I NEED?

          At St. Pete Running Company we use a unique process called StrideSmart to find the shoe with perfect fit for you on an individual, case-by-case basis. During the interview, we will key in on information you provide regarding your medical history, past running accomplishments, current training, and future goals to kickstart the fit process. You then will have the opportunity to see yourself, in slow-motion video, perform a few movements on the store floor and run/walk on a treadmill from multiple angles. Together, we will review this to offer advice on running form and to identify muscle imbalances, tightness, or pronation. The combination of our conversation and what we see on the video translates to that overwhelming shoe wall being reduced to a handful of models matched perfectly to you. The last step is trying them on, choosing the best fit, and then accomplishing your goals!

           

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          Guest Blogger Eric Oliva is a customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company.


          WANT TO TRY RUNNING ON A TRACK? HERE'S YOUR CHANCE! June 21, 2016 20:59

          Come Try Track Training for Free on June 22nd


          We recently started a Track Training Program and we are delighted by how well it's going. People are having fun, working hard and already seeing results.

          Come out Weds, June 22nd at 6:30 PM for a free session!
          First timers, please arrive by 6:15 or sooner.
          Location: Admiral Farragut Academy Track, 501 Park Street North, St. Petersburg, FL. 

           

          Read on to see what participants have to say about our Track Program.

          Here is what people have to say about our program.

          "Track workout is VERY well structured. I'm running faster than I thought I would. My goal is to do a 5K in less than 30 minutes. This workout is going to help me achieve that. The whole environment with all the camaraderie is supportive. That's what I like best. Meeting great people." ~Donna

          "This is my first time at track workout and it is fantastic. It helps to have other runners around. The people are so friendly and helpful." ~Sue

          "I love it. The Coaches are the best. They believe in us." ~VJ

          "I come every week. I've never run on a track before and it's definitely the best surface to run on. I finally learned what a 400 is. This workout is making me run faster. Well worth it." ~Richard

          "I'm enjoying it very much. I haven't run on a track in 30 years, and I missed it. I'll be coming out every time as long as the program is going. Helps me run fast. I love it." ~Jonathan

          "This is my first time at track workout. Great coaches and speedwork. This has helped push me more than I would've pushed myself. I like having someone to chase." ~Lisa

          "I've been coming every week. It's great and I'm loving it. With everybody here, I can keep going. Someday I'm gonna be as fast as Coach Cody and Coach Chris." ~Bob

          "I feel pushed to succeed, but not out of my comfort zone. Track workout gives me a great sense of pride. I just like running with others." ~Sam

           

           

           

           

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

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          5 REASONS TO JOIN A RUNNING CLUB June 15, 2016 12:57

          Ready to Become a Better Runner?

          Get Motivated with People Like You!

          How does joining a Running Club help you and your running?

            1. Accountability

              You'll have people supporting you and encouraging you.

              2. Avoid Injury

                With expert coaching, you can learn proper techniques.

                  3. Get Faster

                    With scheduled training and consistency, you'll begin to notice your race times decreasing.

                      4. Gain Confidence
                        With expert coaching, encouragement, and support, you'll discover that you're not only a capable runner, but that your improvement will increase your confidence in yourself.

                        5. Enjoy the Fun
                          What they say is true: Runners in a group have more fun! 
                           

                          Join Run St. Pete

                          Ready to join a running club? Then visit Run St. Pete, a private Facebook Group that you can request to join. Group membership is free.

                          Check out the St. Pete Running Company Track Program

                          When: Wednesday Evenings 6:30 PM (arrive at least 15 minutes early)

                          Where: Admiral Farragut Academy ()

                          Cost: $15 per session or buy a pass. (5 sessions $50, 11 sessions for $99 +you get a $30 jug of Gatorade Endurance Formula )

                          Questions? Contact the store or post your questions on the Run St. Pete Group Page.

                           

                           

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

                          5 DAY STREAK AT ST PETE RUNNING COMPANY May 27, 2016 12:14 1 Comment

                          Let's Enjoy National Running Day All Week!

                           

                          We're celebrating National Running Day (June 1st), but we couldn't fit everything we wanted to do into one day. So we've expanded the event into a week-long celebration!

                          The 5 Days of Running Challenge

                          What is Streak Week all about? No, it's not nude running. It's a running streak of 5 Fun Runs hosted by St. Pete Running Company!

                          Every day for a week starting on National Running Day (June 1st), we'll be hosting fun Group Runs for all levels, including walkers. Participants will receive one raffle ticket for each event they attend. There will be a drawing at the last event with the chance to win a gift card to St Pete Running Company.

                          Take the Challenge and Win Prizes

                          Each event you participate in you will receive a raffle ticket.  The more events you join us for the more chances to win a prize.  Everyone who participates  in the 5 Days of Running Challenge (walkers and joggers) will be entered in a drawing to win a St. Pete Running Company Gift Card!

                          Run With Us For A Week

                          DAY 1: Open Track Workout

                          Wednesday June 1st at 6:30 PM (meet at Admiral Farragut)

                          Track Night is a fun, formatted workout with expert coaches! Come early if this is your first track night (around 6:00 PM). If you haven't already, join our Run St. Pete Facebook Group. This is a great opportunity to check out the St. Pete Running Company track program at a hugely discounted cost (drop-in rate only $5). Meet at Admiral Farragut Academy Track, address 501 Park Street North, St. Petersburg.

                          DAY 2: SPRC Fun Run

                          Thursday June 2nd at 6:30 PM (meet at store)

                          Our Thursday Night Group Run is always a Fun Run! Meet at St. Pete Running Company for this casual walk/jog.

                          DAY 3: Friday Night Beer Run

                          Friday June 3rd at 6:30 PM (meet at store)

                          Join us for a Fun Run followed by beer! Meet at St. Pete Running Company for this casual walk/jog out and back on the Pinellas Trail. Then we'll enjoy some beers together afterward.

                          DAY 4: Roll, Run, Roll

                          Saturday June 4th at 9:00 AM (meet at store)

                          Let's Roll! Join us for this awesome workout where you'll give your muscles some much needed foam rolling. This will be especially important during the 5 Days of Running Challenge. Meet at St. Pete Running Company. We'll spend 20 minutes foam rolling, then we'll head out on a very slow-paced jog for 20 minutes, and we'll finish up with 20 minutes of foam rolling. Your body will thank you.

                          DAY 5: Sunrise Beach Run

                          Sunday June 5th at 8:00 AM (meet at Caddy's on the Beach)

                          This is the final Challenge in our streak. Let's Party! Join us for a Fun Run or Walk on the beach. We'll meet at Caddy's on the Beach located at 9000 W Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706. First, we'll run or walk a casual 5K or so on the beach. Then we'll celebrate Streak Week and enjoy breakfast and drinks at Caddy's. Specials just for us include $3 Mimosas / $5 Bloody Marys and 15% Off Entire Check. There will be complimentary bottled water. We'll also have a cabana just for our group. All are welcome! The drawing for a St. Pete Running Company Gift Card will take place here for all participants who completed the 5 Days of Running Challenge.

                           

                           

                           

                           

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