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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.


HOW TO RUN WITH LESS GRAVITY, FOR REAL! March 18, 2017 16:17

Injured?

What If You Could Still RUN?!

The Alter-G Treadmill at Rubin Health Center

What is an Alter-G Treadmill?

St. Pete Running Company recently visited the Rubin Health Center. (Check out the video!) The Alter-G Treadmill is a type of treadmill that lifts the person up while they run/walk. There are arrows that the person can select to reduce/raise the amount of weight applied when using the machine. It enables regular folks like us to use the same training machines that world class athletes use.
Cody Angell using the Alter-G Treadmill
For Example:
A 200-lb person can reduce their weight on here by 25%, and experience what it would feel like to run if they only weighed 150 pounds!
Another example:
That same person could reduce their weight by 50% and run as if they were a 100-lb person.

The experience is unlike any other, unless you were planning on going to the moon.

Injured? Try Alter-G!

Shin splints, plantar fasciitis, joint pain?

If you have an injury, you might consider trying out the Alter-G treadmill. A person suffering an injury may not be able to run under normal circumstances, but with a reduced weight on the Alter-G they may be able to resume running much sooner. This could potentially accelerate recovery.

 

Visit Dr. Rubin

The Rubin Health Center in St. Pete has the only commercial grade Alter-G treadmill available for use. It's one of a kind in the area. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the same exact one for their athletes to use.
Cost:
This one is available for the public, and rates start at around $1 per minute.

 

 

 

Blogger Bria is employed as 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.


    THE SECRET TO INCREASING YOUR RANGE OF MOTION July 06, 2016 16:13

    Injured? Limited Functional Mobility? Try Ki-Hara.

    Karen Gonzalez employing Ki-Hara method on Cody Angell

    Physical Therapist in Store July 14th

    Karen Gonzalez will be seeing clients on Thursday, July 14th starting at 4:30 PM at St. Pete Running Company. Make your appointment today for your 30-minute session before the slots fill up! Cost is only $30 for expert advice and a demonstration of Ki-Hara. Call her at 727-481-1694 to schedule your session.

    About Karen

    Karen Gonzalez has been a registered physical therapist for 20 years. She's a Certified Ki-Hara Master Trainer and a Certified Level I Track and Field Coach with the USATF specializing in proper mechanics and treatment of injuries.

    What is Ki-Hara?

    Ki-Hara is an exercise system involving resistance stretching. Olympians and pro-athletes have attributed success to their stringent Ki-Hara training.

    Benefits of Ki-Hara include:

    • Increased Range of Motion
    • Improvement of Functional Mobility
    • Recovery and Decreased Muscle Soreness

    To find out more about Karen's expertise, visit her website.

     

     

    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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