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.


Why St. Pete Running Company is the Place to Get Fitted for Shoes

Selecting the correct running shoes for you is an important decision, and not always an easy one. Shoes change each year and so does your body. We are so convinced about the importance of wearing the right shoes that we have developed a unique fitting process called StrideSmart. We are the only store in the world that uses this process.

After going through our shoe fitting, customers usually leave our store with the correct footwear as well as an understanding of their stride. When asked, our expert staff can and often will suggest stretches, strengthening exercises, and adjustments to a person's running form.

Initially, our expert staff will spend a few minutes listening. We want to learn more about you: goals, old shoes, injuries, challenges with running. We're here to help. Also, like any good shoe fitting, we measure your foot both seated and standing. We look at the length & width of your foot as well as your arch length.

At St. Pete Running Company, this step in the shoe fitting process is just the tip of a very big ice burg.

We want to get an understanding of the way your body moves. We will look at a few important things such as 1-legged squat & 2-legged squat to get an idea of your body's natural movement pattern.

The StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process takes into account several important factors:

  • Individual needs
  • Injury history
  • Personal Goals
  • Body alignment
  • Running/walking form
  • Gait
The running and gait analysis involved in a StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process is an in-depth evaluation. Some key things to note:
  • Takes little time out of a busy day (about 20 minutes on average)
  • Shoe fitting is not just for runners, but also designed for walkers and joggers of all abilities.
Interested in your free StrideSmart Shoe Fitting Process? Stop by St. Pete Running Company any time during operating hours. No appointment necessary. No obligation to make a purchase. This shoe fitting process will change the way you select running and walking shoes. We're proud of the way our process helps athletes of all abilities maximize their potential.
Have you made mistakes in selecting running shoes in the past? You're not alone. Find out The 3 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Selecting Running Shoes.


Come Get Fitted for Your Next Pair of Shoes

St. Pete Running Company is located in the LA Fitness shopping center right across the street from Tyrone Mall.

Phone: 727-800-5043

Address: 6986 22nd Ave North, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710

Store Hours:

M-F: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m




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


1. April 20th Boston Marathon Party

Ain't No Party Like a Boston Party

Monday, April 20th from 10 AM - 1 PM, St. Pete Running Company will be hosting a Boston Marathon Party. We'll have the race up on the big screen, we'll provide the clam chowder, and you can guess the finisher times for prizes. There will also be great deals in store.

Working? Take your lunch break with us and catch some of the race!


2. April 23rd Smoothie Run with an Olympic Triathlete and a Sponsored Athlete

On Thursday, April 23rd at our 6:30 PM Group Run, there are big things happening that you won't want to miss.

  • One of the elite competitors for the St. Anthony's Triathlon will be in store for a meet and greet

  • Chris McCaffrey will be signing a contract with Saucony

  • Tropical Smoothie will be passing out refreshments

Olympic Triathlete Stuart Hayes

Stuart Hayes competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Great Britain in the men's triathlon. Stuart has been competing for nearly 20 years and is still driven to improve. His major victories include ITU World Championship Series Kitzbuhel, the London Triathlon, Chicago Triathlon, Malibu Triathlon, Windsor Triathlon and Blenheim Triathlon. A regular on the ITU circuit, he is still one of the best Triathletes in the World.

Chris Signs With Saucony

Our very own Chris McCaffrey has been offered a sponsorship with Saucony. He's so excited to share this momentous occasion with all the St. Pete Running Company customer family that he's signing his contract in the store just before everybody takes off for the Group Run at 6:30 PM.

Run, Drink, and Be Merry

The Smoothie Run is back! Whether you walk, jog, run, or all three out on the Pinellas Trail during the 6:30 PM Group Run, Tropical Smoothie will be in the store waiting to hand you a well-earned smoothie afterward.




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