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5 TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST HALF MARATHON September 06, 2016 13:55

 First Half?

Take a Look at these Essential Tips

 

  1. Build up to higher distances gradually

If you’ve never gone more than 3 miles, it’s not a good idea to have your next run be a 10-mile run. Take a few weeks to gradually increase your mileage and build up to the higher miles.

  1. Don’t try to increase speed on longer runs

Longer runs should be done at a steady, slower than average pace. Doing speedwork training, or short distances at slightly higher pace, will be much more effective when it comes to helping your pace increase.

  1. Take time for recovery

Not only is a recovery run (very slow pace) needed on a regular basis during training, but taking a day off should be part of your routine. A walk or swim is considered active recovery, so you can use cross training as a recovery day. Also get plenty of sleep!

  1. Swap between two pairs of running shoes

If you can, purchase two pairs of running shoes for your half marathon training. One shoe should be a trainer for shorter distances. Often, this is where a lightweight shoe is helpful. One shoe should be a longer distance trainer. A bit more cushion is usually ideal for that second shoe. Most importantly, make sure to get a proper fitting for the running shoes prior to purchasing so you don’t end up in the wrong type of shoe.

  1. Fuel during your training

It’s important to fuel your body, especially for distance running. As your body’s electrolytes become depleted, water is simply not enough for endurance training. Find what works for you and stick with it during the race. No new nutrition on race day! Protein and carbs are important to consume after the race.

 

Ready for your shoe fitting? Come into St. Pete Running Company!

Our StrideSmart Fitting Process is a one-of-a-kind analysis that will help you get into the best shoes for YOU!

 

 

 

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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    7 TIPS FOR RUNNERS IN A RUT June 15, 2016 12:57

    Stuck in the Middle?

    Advice for the Mid-Level Runner

    Have you noticed that as time goes on, it gets harder to get faster? Early in our running careers, the gains come easy and often. Later on, it gets tougher.
    Here are 7 Tips for Intermediate Runners that will help push you along:

     

    • Change Things Up - If you fall into a rut or routine, find ways to change it up to prevent a lack of improvement.
    • Make Recovery a Priority - When it comes to running, recovery is very important. Don't push yourself into exhaustion. Make time for recovery.
    • Get the Necessary Tools - You're no longer a newbie, so get what you need to succeed as a runner. Foam rollers and Compression Apparel are essential for serious runners who want to prevent injury and recover from sore muscles.
    • Alternate your Shoes - One pair of shoes should be for shorter runs and one should be for longer runs. Check out THIS BLOG to find out more.
    • Make Realistic Goals - Don't compare yourself to "old" you from a few years ago. We are older now than we've ever been before. That might mean adjusting workouts accordingly.
    • Be Prepared to Change Shoes - Just because you've always worn a certain shoe doesn't mean it will always work for you. Be prepared to try out other shoes that might be better for you as you evolve as a runner.
    • Be Happy with Who You Are - Don't worry about what other people think. Unless you're a professional runner, your race times don't define who you are (even then, they only define your professional ranking). Be proud of your daily running accomplishments.

     

     

     

    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.