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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


    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.


    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.


    5 WAYS TO TELL IF YOUR SHOES ARE WORN OUT June 30, 2015 14:30

    Do you have trouble deciding when to buy a new pair of running or walking shoes? Here are some quick and easy tips that will help you determine whether it's time to head over to St. Pete Running Company and replace that old pair with a fresh new pair.

     

    1. Soles are visibly worn down

    Look for the obvious signs of wear and tear. Check the soles of the shoes. Depending on where your foot strikes the ground, you will see certain areas that have more wear than others. Focus on those areas (wrinkles in the midsole), not the rest of the shoe that may appear to be unused. Also, if there is a sensation of “flatness” or “deadness" where the shoe doesn’t have the bounce that it once did, that can also be an indicator.

     

    2. Bilateral pain in the shins or knees

    This is a common occurrence when a pair of shoes has lived a long and complete life. Bilateral pain in both legs during a run (both legs have similar aches/pains in the same area) can indicate the need for a new pair of running or walking shoes.

     

    3. Bottom of feet are hurting

    Shoe cushioning does wear down with time, and it's different with every type of shoe. During a walk or run, if it feels like your feet are getting a rub down that you didn't ask for, it might be time to come in to SPRC and find a pair of shoes with its full cushioning firmly in place. Your feet will thank you.

     

    4. You walked/ran/jogged up to 500 miles

     

    Most running shoes will last between 300 and 500 miles. Minimalist shoes and racing flats have less material underfoot and are generally less durable, so they will typically last from 200 to 400 miles.

     

    5. You bought the shoes six months ago or more

    Every runner has a different weight and foot strike, both of which affect the cushioning of shoes. If the mileage rule is too difficult to keep track of, a general rule of thumb is to get new running shoes every six months. While some shoes wear down a little faster than others, here at SPRC we recommend that any pair turning 6-months old should be replaced.

     

    What's the solution?

    Come in to St. Pete Running Company and replace those worn down shoes. We have a donation bin for the old pair, and we'll be happy to bring you the same pair if you still like them, or fit you for a new pair.

     

     

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