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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.


    7 TIPS FOR RUNNERS IN A RUT June 15, 2016 12:57

    Stuck in the Middle?

    Advice for the Mid-Level Runner

    Have you noticed that as time goes on, it gets harder to get faster? Early in our running careers, the gains come easy and often. Later on, it gets tougher.
    Here are 7 Tips for Intermediate Runners that will help push you along:

     

    • Change Things Up - If you fall into a rut or routine, find ways to change it up to prevent a lack of improvement.
    • Make Recovery a Priority - When it comes to running, recovery is very important. Don't push yourself into exhaustion. Make time for recovery.
    • Get the Necessary Tools - You're no longer a newbie, so get what you need to succeed as a runner. Foam rollers and Compression Apparel are essential for serious runners who want to prevent injury and recover from sore muscles.
    • Alternate your Shoes - One pair of shoes should be for shorter runs and one should be for longer runs. Check out THIS BLOG to find out more.
    • Make Realistic Goals - Don't compare yourself to "old" you from a few years ago. We are older now than we've ever been before. That might mean adjusting workouts accordingly.
    • Be Prepared to Change Shoes - Just because you've always worn a certain shoe doesn't mean it will always work for you. Be prepared to try out other shoes that might be better for you as you evolve as a runner.
    • Be Happy with Who You Are - Don't worry about what other people think. Unless you're a professional runner, your race times don't define who you are (even then, they only define your professional ranking). Be proud of your daily running accomplishments.

     

     

     

    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.


    HOW 2XU COMPRESSION CAN MAKE YOUR MUSCLES HAPPY December 15, 2015 11:29

     

    Recover Faster, Feel Stronger, and Improve Performance with 2XU Compression

    What can 2XU (pronounced two-times-you) Compression do for you During Exercise?

      • Reduces Muscle Fatigue and Damage - Contains the muscle to reduce vibration, minimize damage and overall fatigue to enhance output.
      • Heightens Agility - Applied pressure to the skin surface increases sensory awareness for improved posture, agility, mobility, and stability.
      • Improves Performance -Heightened circulation, muscle oxygenation and less fatigue increases power and lowers heart rate for enhanced performance overall.
    What can 2XU Compression do for you After Exercise?
      • Faster Recovery - Graduated pressure increases blood flow and shortens the recovery phase especially while sedentary.
      • Decreases Soreness - Efficient removal of blood lactate from exercising muscles to reduce swelling, speed muscle repair and reduce soreness.
      • Travel Protection from Edema and Blood Clots - Through heightened blood circulation, 2XU Compression helps reduce swelling in feet and ankles and lowers the risk of blood clots, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

    Can 2XU Compression help Before Exercise?

      • Improves Circulation for Faster Warm-Up - Graduated compression increases blood circulation to the heart and lymph nodes for a faster, safer warm-up period before exercise.

    THE NEW 2XU PRODUCTS YOU'LL LOVE

    The MCS line from 2XU takes compression to a new level. MCS stands for Muscle Containment Stamping. MCS is a revolutionary fabric support system traced over key muscle, tendon and fascia groups to focus greater compression power to wrap precise areas and reduce muscle oscillation and damage.

    Elite MCS Compression Calf Guards and Tights offer unparalleled power and protection against muscle trauma during activity. Graduated compression also offers recovery benefits post exercise.

     2XU PRODUCTS AT ST. PETE RUNNING COMPANY

    If you're eager to maximize your workouts with 2XU Compression products, such as tights, calf sleeves, socks, and more, visit St. Pete Running Company where you can try 2XU products on in store.

     

     

     

     Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a Customer Service Manager.


    LIQUIDO RUNNING TIGHTS: A NEW STYLE AT ST. PETE RUNNING COMPANY September 08, 2015 14:43

    Liquido Active

    New to Liquido? So are we! The Brazilian company just recently brought their brand to the United States. Now we're carrying some of their standout running tights at St. Pete Running Company.

    What is Liquido?

    Liquido is known for designing limited edition, all day activewear that can seamlessly transition throughout the different phases of one’s day, making their products exclusive and irresistible to those who want to make a statement in their activewear. New Limited Edition prints are released throughout the year and all production processes are sweatshop-free. The name Liquido was chosen because, just as water is essential to life, the founders of Liquido believe good clothing is a bare necessity that all people deserve.

    Get Comfortable

    The female staff at St. Pete Running Company all love the Liquido tights.

    Janna: I'm not a tights person, but these are the most comfortable tights I've ever worn. I'm definitely going to be wearing them a lot.

    Bria: They feel awesome! The fabric is excellent quality. I'm so excited to run in them, go to the gym in them, and be comfy at home in them.

    Maria: Very lightweight and comfortable tights. They feel like a second skin!

     

    Now Exclusively at St. Pete Running Company

    Come in and get a pair of these statement running tights, perfect for all your daily activities like gym workouts, yoga, walking, running, and more.

     

    Mention This Blog Post for 10% Off Your Liquido Purchase

     

     

     

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