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WHAT FIFTEEN MINUTES WITH THIS NEW PRODUCT CAN DO FOR YOU March 20, 2018 11:53

New Recovery Product in Store!

Recovery Boots Are Now at St. Pete Running Company

We're so excited to introduce our newest product: Air Relax Leg Recovery Boots! This post-workout device is available for you to use while you are in our store.

Here are the details:

  • Fifteen minutes in the Recovery Boots only costs $10!
  • If you'd like unlimited use, you can pay $30 a month.
  • After a workout, recover with a session in our new Recovery Boots

Note: the product itself is not for sale in our store. 

What Are the Benefits of the Recovery Boots?

  • The Comfort of a Massage- The air pumped into the boots can be adjusted to the desired intensity, massaging the leg muscles and relaxing you like you would feel during a massage.
  • Relieve Your Legs- The Recovery Boots can help relieve knee problems, swelling, tension, varicose veins, water retention, and cramps.
  • Recover Faster- After your run or workout, the Recovery Boots will help improve blood & lymphatic system circulation.
  • Targeted Compression- Similar to the idea of wearing compression socks, the Recovery Boots will target areas in your leg and compress to your preferred comfort level.

Check out this video with the Recovery Boots in action!

 

 

 

 

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


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 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.


4 KEYS TO EASIER RUNNING September 30, 2016 15:08

Do You Find Running Hard?

Do These 4 Things!

Blog post by Janna Angell

WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES

It's no secret. The shoe you choose makes a huge difference to your running.  Wearing the WRONG shoe can lead to injuries and problems that can derail your progress. Our exclusive StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process provides a unique and comprehensive fit assessment,  designed to put you in the RIGHT shoes.....for YOU! Let our expertly trained staff fit you on your next visit.

GET YOUR TECHNIQUE RIGHT

More efficient form will make a profound difference to your running. Thinking "one foot in front of the other" was enough, many runners were never taught the simple but hugely effective techniques to run smarter and prevent injury and burnout. You can learn these techniques by taking our monthly running class, Running 101. Since we opened our doors, hundreds of customers have learned the RIGHT way to run.  Our next Running 101 class is on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:00 PM at our store. The class costs $10.  Following the class, participants get a $10 Gift Certificate to spend in our store.


BE CONSISTENT WITH YOUR RUNNING

Consistency breeds consistency! You'll find that fitness comes much easier if you create and stick to a weekly training routine. Our Weekly Group Runs give you the accountability to make running a healthy habit! Plus, they're fun!  Click here for our group run schedule. Come join some of friendliest fellow running enthusiasts around!Click here to be taken to our group run schedule.

REST....THE RIGHT WAY

Recovery...an important, and often forgotten, part of training. More than just something you do when you finish working out, the right recovery keeps you rested,  healthy and ready to run another day!
For recovery, try the following things:
-Eat and rehydrate after training.
-Use a foam roller on your body every day.
-Wear compression socks after training
-Make sure you're getting adequate sleep.

 

 


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.