Running Safe

What Safety Measures Do You Take During a Run or Walk?

November is Running Safety month, and here at St. Pete Running Company, we are all about safety first!

We're sharing 5 Ways to Stay Safe on a Walk or Jog in honor of Running Safety Month.


There is safety in numbers. If you need a group, look no further! At St. Pete Running Company, we host FREE Group Runs every Monday and Thursday at 6:30 PM. Often we'll have fun Events affiliated with the run, like Taco Night, Shoe Demos, Hot Chocolate Run, and more!


While headphones are great for zoning into a run at the gym, they are not necessarily safe outside. Earbuds deter your hearing and awareness, preventing you from hearing approaching vehicles, cyclists, etc. At St. Pete Running Company, we have the solution for you! Aftershokz Wireless Headphones are bone-conducting, which means they don't go into your ears. You can hear your music AND your ears are open! You'll be able to carry on a conversation with a buddy and listen for any signs of danger.


This is especially important at night when it will be difficult for others to see you. There are a variety of light accessories that you can clip on or wear during low light and dark conditions. Even if you start your walk or jog during light hours, you might not finish before dark, so it's important to have your reflective gear and lights already on. At St. Pete Running Company, we have many light accessories and reflective options for you to choose from!


Having a plan is always a good idea because you can tell one one or two very trusted friends or family where you are going ahead of time (but NOT on social media). Mixing it up is a safety tip that can help prevent your routine from becoming too predictable. Also let the people you trust know when they should expect your return.


While you might be very excited about your next walk or jog, refrain from broadcasting your upcoming route on social media sites. If you do share past routes, make sure only people you trust (and not the public) can see those routes on your social media sites and apps like Garmin Connect and Strava.


Stop by St. Pete Running Company for Running Safety Gear

At St. Pete Running Company, we carry a variety of safety products including reflective apparel, lights, safety vests, headlamps, etc.

Address: 6986 22nd Ave North, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710
Phone: 727-800-5043
Store Hours:
M-F: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m





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


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


Mon-Fri: 10AM - 7PM

Sat: 10AM - 6PM

Sun: 12PM - 5PM



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


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.

    8 TIPS FOR NEW RUNNERS May 3, 2016 11:06

    New to Running?

    Start With These 8 Key Tips


    1. Don't wait to get started
    Start where you are because it's really easy to talk yourself out of starting at all.
    2.  Ease into it
    Setting goals is important, but don't set inappropriate or unattainable goals as a new runner. Overdoing it can lead to injury and discouragement. Talk to people about your goals not only for the support but for the accountability.
    3. Shoes and Bras DO matter
    A proper pair of running shoes and good, supportive sports bra will make your transition into running much easier. At St. Pete Running Company, our StrideSmart Shoe Fitting process is one of the best in the country when it comes to getting into just the right shoe for you. Find out all about the top sports bra for runners in the country.
            4. Eat more, not less
    Don't decrease your calorie intake when you start running because your body will start thinking it is "starving" and store extra fat cells. You need enough calories for your body to burn.
    5. Alternate Shoes
    Best running practices include alternating between a distance trainer and a lightweight trainer. Having extra cushion during longer runs often helps prevent sore feet, while lighter shoes for shorter distances will help with efficiency.
    6. Run With a Group or a Friend
    A running group like the FREE 6:30 PM Group Runs  at St. Pete Running Company are not only great for the encouragement and support, but there is safety in numbers. This also helps keep you accountable.
    7. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest
    Drinking enough water is important, as is replenishing electrolytes. A good night's sleep allows your body to repair itself.
    8. Smile
    Because you took the first steps to getting started, you should be proud of yourself.





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


    What do you wear while you run?

    If someone asked you what you wear while you run, walk, and/or jog, what would you say?

    Common answers would be something like:

    • Running shoes

    • Socks

    • Breathable and fast-drying top

    • Comfortable shorts or pants

    Some additional items might be:

    • Hat

    • Phone

    • Water bottle

    • Watch

    • Headband

    There's one very important item that hasn't yet been listed:



    Road ID is the ONE THING every runner should be wearing



    Road ID is a Kentucky based company created by a father and son team. They believe that active people should wear ID as part of their gear when participating in outdoor activities. St. Pete Running Company agrees.

    When you are out for a run or a bike ride, you might not expect anything to go wrong. However, unexpected accidents happen. We want to help you be prepared for anything.

    The Road ID is a durable, rugged, athletic, fashionable line of identification gear. They provide various forms of ID and encourage active people who participate in outdoor activities to wear ID and not take the chance of being unidentified in the event of an accident. It is far better to wear ID and never need it than to need ID and not have it.


    This Thursday at 7:30 PM, St. Pete Running Company is hosting a RunSafer Clinic with Todd Williams. Cost is $10. This one hour session will teach you safety techniques and tips to help protect yourself in a dangerous situation.

    One of the ways to add to safety to your running routine is to wear a Road ID. Don't leave home without it.



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