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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 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.


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.


    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