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5 WAYS TO STAY SAFE DURING RUNNING SAFETY MONTH November 07, 2017 11:31

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.

1. RUN WITH A GROUP

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!

2. KEEP YOUR EARS OPEN

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.

3. GO WITH LIGHTS AND REFLECTIVE GEAR

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!

4. PLAN YOUR ROUTE & MIX IT UP

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.

5. DON'T SHARE YOUR ROUTE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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.


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.


    8 TIPS FOR NEW RUNNERS May 03, 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.


    WOMEN'S RUNNING CLINIC April 16, 2016 13:45

    Celebrating Women's Health

    Women's Running Clinic with Mobile Mammography

    Women's Running Class

    RSVP on Facebook

    When: Saturday, Apr 16th from 9:00-10:00 AM
    Where: St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave N, St. Pete, FL 33710
    Who: All ladies are welcome
    Cost: $10 (all participants receive a $10 Gift Card to the store)
    We're celebrating women's health with this ladies-only running class followed by mammograms with Tampa Bay Mobile Mammography. 
    In this class, you'll learn about proper running stride, how to avoid getting injured, techniques for maximizing efficiency, and how to train for success.
    The length of the class is approximately one hour. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water. The cost of this class is $10 per person. You may preregister in store or pay day of class. Class participants will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to St. Pete Running Company.

    Tampa Bay Mobile Mammography

    Mammograms with Tampa Bay Mobile Mammography

    When: Saturday, Apr 16th from 9:30 AM-1:00 PM
    Where: St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave N, St. Pete, FL 33710
    Who: All ladies are welcome (no prescription required for ages 40+)
    Cost: Insurances are accepted
    Anyone who gets their mammogram done with the bus is at the store will receive a $10 Gift Card to St. Pete Running Company.
    If you'd like to schedule your appointment ahead of time, call 813-601-1925 or visit www.tampabaymobilemammography.com to schedule the appointment on-line. You can come and be seen on a first come, first serve basis. They do take insurance.

    We Support Women's Health 

    For all the ladies who come to Women's Running Clinic AND do their Mammogram while Tampa Bay Mobile Mammography is at St. Pete Running Company, we'll take 50% off a sports bra purchase.
    Find out why a good sports bra is essential: Runner's Review of Moving Comfort.

     

     

     

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