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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.


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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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.


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.


    POKEMON GO ICE CREAM RUN AND WALK July 15, 2016 15:07

    Family Friendly

    Pokemon Go Run and Walk

    Join St Pete Running Company as we travel to the near by parks in search of Pokemon and eat Ice Cream.

    The Pokemon Go Fun Run & Walk will be on Monday, July 18th at 6:30 PM. All levels of runners and walkers are encouraged to attend this event.  Bring the kids, friends and family. Invite your Pokemon Go Friends and lets make this huge!

    We'll meet at St. Pete Running Company to begin our hunt.  We will group up to go on the hunt for Pokemon. When we return to the store there will be ice cream for everyone.  Bring your phones and see why everybody seems to be having so much fun with Pokemon Go.

     

     

     

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