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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.


4 KEYS TO EASIER RUNNING September 30, 2016 15:08

Do You Find Running Hard?

Do These 4 Things!

Blog post by Janna Angell

WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES

It's no secret. The shoe you choose makes a huge difference to your running.  Wearing the WRONG shoe can lead to injuries and problems that can derail your progress. Our exclusive StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process provides a unique and comprehensive fit assessment,  designed to put you in the RIGHT shoes.....for YOU! Let our expertly trained staff fit you on your next visit.

GET YOUR TECHNIQUE RIGHT

More efficient form will make a profound difference to your running. Thinking "one foot in front of the other" was enough, many runners were never taught the simple but hugely effective techniques to run smarter and prevent injury and burnout. You can learn these techniques by taking our monthly running class, Running 101. Since we opened our doors, hundreds of customers have learned the RIGHT way to run.  Our next Running 101 class is on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:00 PM at our store. The class costs $10.  Following the class, participants get a $10 Gift Certificate to spend in our store.


BE CONSISTENT WITH YOUR RUNNING

Consistency breeds consistency! You'll find that fitness comes much easier if you create and stick to a weekly training routine. Our Weekly Group Runs give you the accountability to make running a healthy habit! Plus, they're fun!  Click here for our group run schedule. Come join some of friendliest fellow running enthusiasts around!Click here to be taken to our group run schedule.

REST....THE RIGHT WAY

Recovery...an important, and often forgotten, part of training. More than just something you do when you finish working out, the right recovery keeps you rested,  healthy and ready to run another day!
For recovery, try the following things:
-Eat and rehydrate after training.
-Use a foam roller on your body every day.
-Wear compression socks after training
-Make sure you're getting adequate sleep.

 

 


7 MISTAKES RUNNERS MAKE WITH SHOES August 02, 2016 14:09

Picking the Right Shoe For You

 Do You Make These Mistakes With Your Shoes?

  1. Selecting shoes that are too small

A running/walking shoe should be about a half size bigger than the measurement of the foot. For example, a woman who measures at size 8 ½ would most likely have the best fit in a size 9 running shoe or bigger. Swelling occurs during a walk or jog, and having about a thumb width from the longest toe to the end of the shoe is a minimum suggested length.

  1. Running in worn out shoes

This is a big problem with new runners. When shoes are worn out, they should be replaced. A good rule to follow is to buy a new pair after six months of wear. If you keep track of mileage, most shoes will last up to 500 miles, but there are factors such as cushion level in the shoe, foot strike position, weight of the runner, frequency of workouts that can decrease the amount of miles for any given shoe.

  1. Foot shape, arch height, or pronation determine which shoes you buy

This is the #1 mistake made not only by consumers, but also by sports and running store employees. Research has shown these common misconceptions to be false, and that selecting shoes by these factors can actually lead to foot and knee problems. During walking and running, pronation will occur and naturally absorbs shock. Excessive pronation should be corrected with strengthening exercises for the foot, leg, and hip, rather than by a certain type of shoe.

  1. Your shoes have too much cushion or “support”

This is another common mistake. The extra cushioning can cause bad habits to form. The cushion can cause runners to land with greater impact than with a shoe that has less cushioning. Orthotics and inserts for arch support are often not necessary in the long term. A therapist can help increase foot strength with exercises. With increased foot strength, orthotics and inserts will not be needed and a proper running shoe can be selected.

  1. You purchase shoes online

While this may seem like an easy way to replace shoes, it’s also the least effective method of getting the proper model for you. When you find a running or walking shoe that you like, a new model of that shoe will likely come out within 8-12 months of your original purchase of the shoe. New models will come with changes, and some of those changes might mean the new model will not be the ideal shoe for you anymore. The best practice is to go to your local running store and get a shoe fitting to confirm that the newest model of your favorite shoe is still the shoe that will work for you. Not to mention the economic benefits of supporting local shops!

  1. You purchase a shoe based on color or the recommendation of a friend

When it comes to running and walking shoes, do your feet a favor: ignore the colors and judge the shoes by the way they make your feet feel. Men can be just as picky as women when it comes to colors on running shoes. Let the comfort of your feet be your guide rather than the colors on the shoes. Also take any recommendation from a friend with careful consideration. Their foot is different than yours, and their ideal shoe is not very likely to be yours.

    1. Confusing the Signs of Worn Out Shoes with Something Else

    A common sign that shoes are worn out is the onset of bilateral pain in the feet, the knees, or even the hips. If you’ve been running or walking without pain in areas that suddenly begin to hurt on your run, first ask yourself how long you’ve had the shoes. If your mileage exceeds 500 miles or if it’s been more than 6 months since you bought the shoes, it’s possible that the pain you’re experiencing is an indicator that the shoes have worn down and need replacing. Be sure to consult a professional if you believe the pain is not related to your shoes.

     

     

    When it comes to shoes, pick comfort over looks!

     

     

     

     

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


    READY FOR A HALF MARATHON? TRAIN WITH US! July 09, 2016 14:09 1 Comment

    Half Marathon Training Program 

    Want to run a Half Marathon? Join St. Pete Running Company for our Inaugural Half Marathon Training Course. The program is expected to cap at 50 people.

    What?

    This is a comprehensive half marathon training program for novice or intermediate runners.

    When?

    • The enrollment begins on Monday, July 11th
    • Training with our expert coaching staff commences on Saturday, November 5th
    • The target race is The St. Pete Beach Classic Half Marathon on the weekend of January 13-15th, 2017
    • Training will consist of 2-3 structured runs each week

      Why?             

      There are a lot of reasons why you should run a half marathon.

      • Accomplishment, physical fitness, weight management through the holidays, injury prevention and most importantly…. It’s FUN!
      • Camaraderie from dozens of other like-minded runners.
      • Accountability – it’s much easier to make yourself go to training if you know there is a friendly & supportive group waiting for you to join them!
      • Guidance: We have an expert team of coaches who will guide you from start to finish. We believe in educating runners so expect to learn a lot about running throughout this course.

      Where?

      Training will primarily take place in and around St. Pete at Various locations.

      • Long Run – will vary throughout our area. Plenty will be hosted from our home location of St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave North. You will be able to leave your belongings in the store and have bathroom facilities before/during/after training.
      • Threshold & Speed Training – This will be integrated into our highly successful track program which meets on Wednesday nights at Admiral Farragut Academy, 501 Park Street North in St. Petersburg.
      • Recovery Run – A slow & steady run to help your body recover from the stresses of training. These will take place on Monday nights at St. Pete Running Company or on your own from home.

      Who?

      This program is designed for Novice to Intermediate runners who usually share any/all of these goals.

      • Understand the importance of staying healthy and want guidance/leadership to help them achieve their goals.
      • Want to tick a half marathon off the bucket list.
      • Want to run a faster time than they have ever gone before.
      • Hope to enjoy running and make sure they’re not going to get injured.

       

      Here's a clip from our Wednesday Night Track Program

      Participants should be in good health and cleared by a doctor to be able to run. You should be able to complete a 3 mile walk/run before joining the training group. Yes, it’s okay to take walk breaks. 

      Cost: $250 (Pre-enrollment rate is $199 if purchased prior to 11/5--that's only $20 a week!)

      • 10% Discount in store purchases until 1/15/17
      • Caps at 50 people

      Find Out More at our Info Seminars

      Half Marathon Info Seminar: Find out more and get your questions answered at these three Info Seminars
      • Tuesday, Aug 9th at 6:00 PM
      • Monday, Sept 12th at 6:00 PM
      • Thursday, Oct 27th at 6:00 PM
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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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