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3 REASONS TO JOIN ST. PETE RUNNING COMPANY'S COUCH TO 5K January 08, 2017 13:02

Ready to Run a 5K?

We've Got a Training Group Just For You!

Start reaching for your 2017 running goals and join us for our Couch to 5K Training Group.

Here are 3 reasons to join our Couch to 5K Training Program

1. Includes Your Race Entry For the Race For the Cupcake 5K

2. Train With Experts

3. Join a Group of People Who Will Motivate and Encourage You

What You Need to Know About the Couch to 5K Training Program

Starting Saturday, February 4th at 9:00 AM at St. Pete Running Company, you'll learn some running basics and get moving with a fun group! This training group will prepare you for the Race for the Cupcake 5K.

Cost: $99.99 which includes your entry into the Race for the Cupcake 5K on March 4, 2017. ALL PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT IN THE STORE. Cost also includes training from expert coaches.

LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE!
So be sure to sign up early by stopping by the store or calling (727-800-5043) to make sure you secure a spot!

Weekly Workouts: Our workouts will be Mondays at 6:30 PM, Wednesdays at either 5:30 AM or 6:30 PM (dependent on your schedule), and Saturdays at 9:00 AM.

Must be in good health and able to handle exercise.
Bring your smiling faces, running clothes, running shoes and a water bottle.

The premise behind this program is simple: to introduce you to regular jogging, running/walking sessions, help you get fit, and to have fun.


If you have any questions please contact the store 727.800.5043 or email Jimmy.

The 2nd Annual Race for the Cupcake 5K takes place Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Pass-A-Grille Beach. This race is a ton of fun! And you get a cupcake at the finish!  This 5K will be on the "sugary" sands of Pass-a-Grille Beach, Florida!
The race will cap at 600 participants, be sure to sign up soon.

Also, there will be a free kids 400 meter dash on the sand, this is a free event for young kids to participate in.

All registrants will receive a technical running hat, and a cupcake upon completion of the race. Click here to sign up.

 

 

 

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

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HOW TAPERING WILL PREPARE YOU FOR RACE DAY November 28, 2016 19:00

What You Need to Know About Tapering 

Race season has begun and that means it’s time to plan for this valuable aspect of race preparation:

TAPERING

When your race is looming, it’s important to be prepared. Tapering is part of the training process and will help maximize your race day success.

What is Tapering?

Coach Jimmy Williams, a running and triathlon coach, puts tapering this way:
“Tapering is a gradual decrease in activity duration and intensity to ensure you are in prime condition come race day. Racing is the easy part. Training is the hard part. Training requires progressive loading and recovery cycles over weeks and sometimes months before a race. Tapering can be done as far out as three weeks and as little as three days depending on the race distance. When done correctly, tapering gives an athlete the best chance to earn a personal record at their race and avoid injury from over-training.”

 

How to Properly Taper For Your Race

Here’s a scenario:
Runner Ron’s next half marathon is two weeks away. In Ron’s training plan, he has scheduled workouts ranging from 5-10 miles all the way up to race day. How can Ron better prepare for a successful half marathon? Tapering! Ron can plan on decreasing his mileage prior to his half marathon.
Here are Coach Jimmy's suggestions for Ron:
Two weeks prior to his half marathon, Ron should look to decrease his weekly mileage by 20%. This means that Ron's long run should decrease from 10 miles to 8 miles, and each shorter run should also decrease accordingly. The week before the race, his long run should be no more than 6 miles. I would also tell Ron to not take the day off before the half marathon. We need to activate our muscles before a race rather than let them get stiff from inactivity. Ron should go out for an easy 2-mile run and throw in one or two short race-pace bursts that last for a minute or less.

 

What Are the Benefits of Tapering?

Tapering decreases the likelihood of injury. Rested, relaxed, and loosened muscles perform much better than tired muscles.

Over-exertion prior to a race, especially a half marathon, can cause your race day performance to suffer. Tapering guides your body through easy and light workouts, a process that will assist your body’s natural tendency to store up for race day.

The best benefit of all? Your full potential can be unleashed on the race course. Many athletes have seen better race times as a result of proper tapering.

 

 

 

 

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


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.