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THE ST. PETE MILE! WE'RE HAVING A 1-MILE TRACK RACE May 23, 2018 13:50

Join us for the first ever St. Pete Mile! Whether you're looking to run your first ever mile or you're trying to crush your personal best, this is for you! This is soon to be a favorite on the Summer Running Calendar. This is friendly, laid back, inclusive, and above all it's FUN!
 
St. Pete Mile

We meet on National Running Day, June 6th, on the track at Northside Christian School (Address: 7777 62nd Ave North in St. Pete). The Run/Race Distance is 1 mile.
The cost to register is $10. Kids 12 & Under can participate for free! The event commences at 6:45 PM. There will be multiple heats of the mile so participants can run with people of comparable speed.
 

Provisional Event Schedule

Arrival & Registration: 6:15 PM.
6:45 - Kids 1-Lap
6:55 - Kids 1-Mile
7:15 - Believe Mile - 12:00 - 15:00 pace
7:35 - Achieve Mile -9:00 - 12:00 pace.
7:50 - Moxie Mile - 7:00 - 9:00 Pace
8:00 - Championship Mile Female - Under 7:00 minute pace ($50 for the top female)
8:10 - Championship Mile Male - Under 7:00 minute pace
($50 for the top male)
8:25 - Pace Your Race - Estimate finish time & closest finisher wins $50. This Race is open for everyone of all abilities to participate.
8:40 - Awards

Ways to Register

  1. In store at St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave N, SP
  2. Online Click Here
  3. Sign up the day of the event at the track
St Pete Mile Run
 
Other Info:
-$1 for every mile run will go to benefit the Athletic Department of Northside Christian School.
- This event is for runners of all abilities.
- Bring your family and friends out to cheer on the other runners
-Celebrate National Running Day in a fun and festive way with other runners.
- Be sure to tell us and others if you're running! Use #mystpetemile and #RunStPete and tell us WHY you're running.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q - Do I have to be fast or experienced to do this?

A - No! Our events and programming are for people of all abilities and paces.

Q - What if I'm not that fast?

A- We group participants into pace groups so you will run with people of your approximate speed. Example: All the people who run 8:30 per mile will be seeded in the Moxie Mile which is for those who run 7:00-9:00 pace. You won't be racing against someone looking to run 4:30.

Q - Is there a race T-shirt?

A - No, we've got something better. The adult finishers get a limited edition bottle of our hot sauce!

Q - Will there be medals?

A - No, but you can take lots of pictures and catalogue your experience on social media. This keeps your cost down and doesn't take up space in your closet.

Q - How do I know what pace I run?

A - We recommend timing yourself for a practice mile and using that. We also have track training on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM at Northside Christian Track. Training on a track can help you understand approximately what pace you'll be able to run during the race.

Q - Can my kids run this?

A - YES! Kids 12 & Under can participate for free! Children are our future and they deserve a healthy and active lifestyle. We have a little kids running class on Sunday, May 27th at 3:00 PM to teach your little ones proper running form. Toddlers/small children can do the 1-Lapper (400 meters or 1/4 Mile) or the kids mile, depending on how much running they have been doing.

Q - Can I bring my dog?

A - No. We aren't allowed dogs on the track.

Q - How does Pace Your Race work?

A- Pace your race is for all participants. Even if you've run a previous mile. Before the event you'll need to predict your estimated mile finishing time. We'll hide all clocks & there's no watches for this event. The finisher who gets the closest to their estimated time will be the winner and get $50.

Q - Where can I sign up?

A - Sign up ONLINE by clicking the link, or come into St. Pete Running Company to sign up in store, or sign up at the track on Wednesday, June 6th, where you can register at 6:15 PM


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.


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.


    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 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.