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HALF MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM ANNOUNCED July 25, 2018 12:18

Ready to Start Training For Your First or Next Half?

Join Our Half Marathon Training Program

Half Marathon Training

Want to run a Half Marathon? Join St. Pete Running Company for our 10-week Half Marathon Training Course starting September 10th. The program caps at 50 people.

Half Marathon Info Seminar: Find out more and get your questions answered

Thursday, August 23rd at 6:00 PM

You can also join our Group Run afterward at 6:30 PM

Half Marathon Sign-Up Party

Monday, August 27th at 6:00 PM

We'll have giveaways! Meet the coaches and learn about the class.

What?

This is a comprehensive half marathon training program for novice or intermediate runner who want guidance and leadership to help achieve your goal. You don't have to be a veteran runner to benefit from this training group. We'll get you to the finish line confident, healthy & happy.

 

When?

  • This ten-week course commences on Monday, September 10th at 6:30 PM, meeting at St Pete Running Company.
  • The target race is The St. Pete Run Fest Half Marathon on Sunday, November 18th, 2018.
  • Training will consist of 3 structured & supervised runs each week including a long run, speed workout and easy run.

    Why?             

    There are a lot of reasons why you should run a half marathon.

    • Accomplishment, physical fitness, weight management through the holidays, injury prevention and most importantly…. It’s FUN!
    • Camaraderie from dozens of other like-minded runners.
    • Accountability – it’s much easier to make yourself go to training if you know there is a friendly & supportive group waiting for you to join them!
    • Guidance: We have an expert team of coaches who will guide you from start to finish. We believe in educating runners so expect to learn a lot about running throughout this course.

    Where?

    Training will take place from St. Pete Running Company, the nearby parks, neighborhoods and the Pinellas Trail.

    • Long Run – will vary throughout our area. Plenty will be hosted from our home location of St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave North. You will be able to leave your belongings in the store and have bathroom facilities before/during/after training.
    • Threshold & Speed Training – This will be integrated into our highly successful track program which meets on Wednesdays at Northside Christian School track.
    • Recovery Run – A slow & steady run to help your body recover from the stresses of training. These will take place on Monday nights at St. Pete Running Company or on your own from home.

    Who?

    This program is designed for Novice to Intermediate runners who usually share any/all of these goals.

    • Understand the importance of staying healthy and want guidance/leadership to help them achieve their goals.
    • Want to tick a half marathon off the bucket list.
    • Want to run a faster time than they have ever gone before.
    • Hope to enjoy running and make sure they’re not going to get injured.

     

    Here's a clip from our Wednesday Track Program

    Participants should be in good health and cleared by a doctor to be able to run. You should be able to complete a 3 mile walk/run before joining the training group. Yes, it’s okay to take walk breaks. 

    Cost: $200

      • Race entry discount for St. Pete Run Fest Half Marathon
      • 10% Discount in store purchases until 11/18/18
      • Caps at 50 people

      If you have more questions please call the store 727-800-5043 or contact Cody.


      THE ST. PETE MILE! WE'RE HAVING A 1-MILE TRACK RACE May 23, 2018 13:50

      Join us for the first ever St. Pete Mile! Whether you're looking to run your first ever mile or you're trying to crush your personal best, this is for you! This is soon to be a favorite on the Summer Running Calendar. This is friendly, laid back, inclusive, and above all it's FUN!
       
      St. Pete Mile

      We meet on National Running Day, June 6th, on the track at Northside Christian School (Address: 7777 62nd Ave North in St. Pete). The Run/Race Distance is 1 mile.
      The cost to register is $10. Kids 12 & Under can participate for free! The event commences at 6:45 PM. There will be multiple heats of the mile so participants can run with people of comparable speed.
       

      Provisional Event Schedule

      Arrival & Registration: 6:15 PM.
      6:45 - Kids 1-Lap
      6:55 - Kids 1-Mile
      7:15 - Believe Mile - 12:00 - 15:00 pace
      7:35 - Achieve Mile -9:00 - 12:00 pace.
      7:50 - Moxie Mile - 7:00 - 9:00 Pace
      8:00 - Championship Mile Female - Under 7:00 minute pace ($50 for the top female)
      8:10 - Championship Mile Male - Under 7:00 minute pace
      ($50 for the top male)
      8:25 - Pace Your Race - Estimate finish time & closest finisher wins $50. This Race is open for everyone of all abilities to participate.
      8:40 - Awards

      Ways to Register

      1. In store at St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave N, SP
      2. Online Click Here
      3. Sign up the day of the event at the track
      St Pete Mile Run
       
      Other Info:
      -$1 for every mile run will go to benefit the Athletic Department of Northside Christian School.
      - This event is for runners of all abilities.
      - Bring your family and friends out to cheer on the other runners
      -Celebrate National Running Day in a fun and festive way with other runners.
      - Be sure to tell us and others if you're running! Use #mystpetemile and #RunStPete and tell us WHY you're running.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q - Do I have to be fast or experienced to do this?

      A - No! Our events and programming are for people of all abilities and paces.

      Q - What if I'm not that fast?

      A- We group participants into pace groups so you will run with people of your approximate speed. Example: All the people who run 8:30 per mile will be seeded in the Moxie Mile which is for those who run 7:00-9:00 pace. You won't be racing against someone looking to run 4:30.

      Q - Is there a race T-shirt?

      A - No, we've got something better. The adult finishers get a limited edition bottle of our hot sauce!

      Q - Will there be medals?

      A - No, but you can take lots of pictures and catalogue your experience on social media. This keeps your cost down and doesn't take up space in your closet.

      Q - How do I know what pace I run?

      A - We recommend timing yourself for a practice mile and using that. We also have track training on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM at Northside Christian Track. Training on a track can help you understand approximately what pace you'll be able to run during the race.

      Q - Can my kids run this?

      A - YES! Kids 12 & Under can participate for free! Children are our future and they deserve a healthy and active lifestyle. We have a little kids running class on Sunday, May 27th at 3:00 PM to teach your little ones proper running form. Toddlers/small children can do the 1-Lapper (400 meters or 1/4 Mile) or the kids mile, depending on how much running they have been doing.

      Q - Can I bring my dog?

      A - No. We aren't allowed dogs on the track.

      Q - How does Pace Your Race work?

      A- Pace your race is for all participants. Even if you've run a previous mile. Before the event you'll need to predict your estimated mile finishing time. We'll hide all clocks & there's no watches for this event. The finisher who gets the closest to their estimated time will be the winner and get $50.

      Q - Where can I sign up?

      A - Sign up ONLINE by clicking the link, or come into St. Pete Running Company to sign up in store, or sign up at the track on Wednesday, June 6th, where you can register at 6:15 PM


      3 WAYS TO BREAK DOWN THE SHOE WALL October 18, 2017 10:52

      The Language of Running

      Do you speak RUNNING?

      Scroll Down For Your "Buy 2 Pairs of Running Shoes Get $20 Off" Coupon

      Running has developed its own language, and today's blog will help make the shoe wall at the store seem a little less intimidating and more understandable.


      At St. Pete Running Company, we have personally run in and researched every shoe before it makes an appearance on our shoe wall. No single brand of running/walking shoe that we carry is better than any of the others when it comes to capability and durability. Plus higher price does not necessarily mean a better shoe. What is “better” for you will be determined by things like your mechanics, the fit, and your goals rather than the price or color scheme. Within each brand, there are premium neutral and premium stability models, standard neutral and standard stability models, and responsive lightweight models.

      3 Ways To Break Down the Shoe Wall:

        1. Premium Vs Standard
        2. Neutral Vs Stability
        3. Responsive & Lightweight

               

              PREMIUM VS STANDARD

              “The more expensive one must be a better shoe…RIGHT?!?”

              Men's Brooks Levitate: a premium model

              The difference between a standard model and a premium model is that the premium models are outfitted with all the latest and greatest technology that the brand has released. New features like this will often debut on their premium models and then trickle down to lower priced models in the following update.

              Women's Brooks Launch: a standard model

              The catch is typically added weight penalty. If you are running a lot of miles, just getting back into running, have previous injuries, or are trying to correct some mechanics, you may benefit from these features and not care about the added weight. Others might favor a standard model in order to find the right balance of effectiveness, comfort, and weight.

               

              NEUTRAL VS STABILITY

              “I don’t need a stability shoe to get arch support?!?"

              Women's Mizuno Wave Rider: a neutral model

              A neutral shoe will have little to no effect on your natural stride while a stability shoe prevents your foot/ankle from crashing inwards. Just because you are fitted for a stability shoe one time doesn’t mean you won’t be fitted for a neutral shoe down the line, or vice versa. Many things will affect this such as running form, body mechanics, injuries, physical traits, and sometimes even the pace you are running.

              A neutral runner’s foot will tend to stay relatively flat on the running surface, and at times they may even supinate (underpronate), which is where the outer edge of the foot is favored. If a neutral runner were to run in a stability shoe, it could push the foot further to the outside edge causing pain on the outside of the foot, knee, or IT band.

              Overpronation is when the ankle and foot tend to roll inwards towards the runner’s arch as they bear weight on it through their stride. Often, the outside edge of the shoe is lifted from the running surface. A stability model shoe will use a more dense foam, plastic support, or a combination of the two on the arch side of the midsole in order to prevent the inward rolling of the ankle, thus keeping the runner’s foot flat on the running surface.

              Men's Wave Inspire: a stability model

              Neither overpronation nor underpronation refers to the orientation of the toes from the body (duck-footed or pigeon-toed), but rather to the relationship of the entire foot and ankle relative to the running surface. In addition, other features a runner may desire in a shoe such as arch support, level of cushioning, or a wide/narrow toe box can be found in both a neutral and a stability type shoe.


              RESPONSIVE AND LIGHTWEIGHT

              “What is heel-toe-drop and does it even matter?”

              Women's Saucony Kinvara: a lightweight, responsive model

              Some shoes are designed to be lighter weight, feel more “springy,” and facilitate a faster running pace. The level of responsiveness depends on the shoe's response to your toe's push off and your forward motion as you pick up the pace. When running faster, you don’t want to lose any of your effort sinking into the enjoyable cushioning of your daily trainer. Lightweight shoes react to any effort you exert, maximizing rebound and forward motion. This translates to less required effort to go faster! Lightweight shoes are great for speedwork, tempo runs, and race day.

              Men's On Cloud: a lightweight, responsive model

              What makes a shoe more responsive is slightly different across brands, but in general, there is less foam or gel between your foot and the ground, a different, more firm or springy type of foam or gel is used instead, or they achieve a snappier feeling by cutting the flex grooves on the bottom shallower or utilizing a polymer insert as part of the midsole.

              Heel-toe-drop is measured in millimeters and describes the difference in elevation from the ground between your heel and forefoot. In most cases, a daily trainer will range between 10-12mm and a responsive lightweight model will range between 4-6mm. A lower drop shoe will be lighter and can facilitate better running form, but a higher drop shoe will protect those who have a history of chronic calf tightness, achilles injuries, or even plantar fasciitis.

               

              HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SHOE I NEED?

              At St. Pete Running Company we use a unique process called StrideSmart to find the shoe with perfect fit for you on an individual, case-by-case basis. During the interview, we will key in on information you provide regarding your medical history, past running accomplishments, current training, and future goals to kickstart the fit process. You then will have the opportunity to see yourself, in slow-motion video, perform a few movements on the store floor and run/walk on a treadmill from multiple angles. Together, we will review this to offer advice on running form and to identify muscle imbalances, tightness, or pronation. The combination of our conversation and what we see on the video translates to that overwhelming shoe wall being reduced to a handful of models matched perfectly to you. The last step is trying them on, choosing the best fit, and then accomplishing your goals!

               

              BUY 2 SHOES GET $20 OFF!

               CLAIM YOUR COUPON BY CLICKING HERE

               

               

               

               

              Guest Blogger Eric Oliva is a customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company.


              YOU ASKED FOR A 10K TRAINING PROGRAM AND WE'VE GOT ONE! October 07, 2017 14:00

              Ready to Start Training For a 10K?

              Join Our 10K Training Program

              Want to run a 10K? Join St. Pete Running Company for our 6-week 10K Training Course. The program caps at 50 people.


              10K Training Info Seminars:

              Find out more and get your questions answered

              Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 PM

              AND

              Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 PM

              at St. Pete Running Company

              What?

              This is a comprehensive training program for novice or intermediate runners who want guidance and leadership to help achieve your 10K goal. You don't have to be a veteran runner to benefit from this training group. We'll get you to the finish line confident, healthy & happy.

               

              When?

              • This six-week course commences on Saturday, December 2nd at 9:00 AM, meeting at St Pete Running Company.
              • The target race is St. Pete Beach Classic on the weekend of January 13th, 2018.
              • Training will consist of 3 structured & supervised runs each week including a long run, speed workout and tempo run.

                Why?             

                There are a lot of reasons why you should run a 10K.

                • Accomplishment, physical fitness, weight management through the holidays, injury prevention and most importantly…. It’s FUN!
                • Camaraderie from dozens of other like-minded runners.
                • Ease Into Longer Distances -  a 10K can help you become more confident in your ability to do longer distances like 15K, half marathon, and full marathon
                • Accountability – it’s much easier to make yourself go to training if you know there is a friendly & supportive group waiting for you to join them!
                • Guidance: We have an expert team of coaches who will guide you from start to finish. We believe in educating runners so expect to learn a lot about running throughout this course.

                Where?

                Training will take place from St. Pete Running Company, the nearby parks, neighborhoods and the Pinellas Trail.

                • Long Run – will vary throughout our area. Plenty will be hosted from our home location of St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave North. You will be able to leave your belongings in the store and have bathroom facilities before/during/after training.
                • Threshold & Speed Training – This will be integrated into our highly successful track program which meets on Wednesdays at Northside Christian School track.
                • Tempo Run – A shorter run that starts at an easy, relaxed pace and gradually increases into a race-pace effort. These will take place on Monday nights at St. Pete Running Company or on your own from home.

                Who?

                This program is designed for Novice to Intermediate runners who usually share any/all of these goals.

                • Understand the importance of staying healthy and want guidance/leadership to help them achieve their goals.
                • Want to tick a 10K off the bucket list.
                • Want to run a faster time than they have ever gone before.
                • Hope to enjoy running and make sure they’re not going to get injured.

                 

                Here's a clip from our Wednesday Track Program

                 

                Participants should be in good health and cleared by a doctor to be able to run. You should be able to complete a 3 mile walk/run before joining the training group. Yes, it’s okay to take walk breaks. 

                Cost: $120

                  • Discount for your St. Pete Beach Classic race entry
                  • 10% Discount in store purchases until 1/14/18


                  If you have more questions please call the store 727-800-5043 or contact  Coach Jimmy.

                   

                  Coach Jimmy

                   

                   

                   

                   

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


                  WANT TO DO A HALF? JOIN OUR HALF MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM! August 01, 2017 11:51

                  Ready to Start Training For Your First or Next Half?

                  Join Our Half Marathon Training Program

                  Want to run a Half Marathon? Join St. Pete Running Company for our 10-week Half Marathon Training Course. The program caps at 60 people.

                  Half Marathon Sign-Up Party

                  Monday, August 14th at 6:00 PM

                  We'll have giveaways! Meet the coaches and learn about the class.

                  Half Marathon Info Seminar: Find out more and get your questions answered

                  Thursday, August 24th at 6:00 PM

                  What?

                  This is a comprehensive half marathon training program for novice or intermediate runner who want guidance and leadership to help achieve your goal. You don't have to be a veteran runner to benefit from this training group. We'll get you to the finish line confident, healthy & happy.

                   

                  When?

                  • This ten-week course commences on Saturday, September 9th at 8:00 AM, meeting at St Pete Running Company.
                  • The target race is The St. Pete Run Fest Half Marathon on the weekend of November 18th, 2017.
                  • Training will consist of 3 structured & supervised runs each week including a long run, speed workout and easy run.

                    Why?             

                    There are a lot of reasons why you should run a half marathon.

                    • Accomplishment, physical fitness, weight management through the holidays, injury prevention and most importantly…. It’s FUN!
                    • Camaraderie from dozens of other like-minded runners.
                    • Accountability – it’s much easier to make yourself go to training if you know there is a friendly & supportive group waiting for you to join them!
                    • Guidance: We have an expert team of coaches who will guide you from start to finish. We believe in educating runners so expect to learn a lot about running throughout this course.

                    Where?

                    Training will take place from St. Pete Running Company, the nearby parks, neighborhoods and the Pinellas Trail.

                    • Long Run – will vary throughout our area. Plenty will be hosted from our home location of St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave North. You will be able to leave your belongings in the store and have bathroom facilities before/during/after training.
                    • Threshold & Speed Training – This will be integrated into our highly successful track program which meets on Wednesdays at Northside Christian School track.
                    • Recovery Run – A slow & steady run to help your body recover from the stresses of training. These will take place on Monday nights at St. Pete Running Company or on your own from home.

                    Who?

                    This program is designed for Novice to Intermediate runners who usually share any/all of these goals.

                    • Understand the importance of staying healthy and want guidance/leadership to help them achieve their goals.
                    • Want to tick a half marathon off the bucket list.
                    • Want to run a faster time than they have ever gone before.
                    • Hope to enjoy running and make sure they’re not going to get injured.

                     

                    Here's a clip from our Wednesday Track Program

                     

                    Participants should be in good health and cleared by a doctor to be able to run. You should be able to complete a 3 mile walk/run before joining the training group. Yes, it’s okay to take walk breaks. 

                    Cost: $200

                      • $20 Off race entry for St. Pete Run Fest
                      • 10% Discount in store purchases until 11/19/17
                      • Caps at 50 people


                      If you have more questions please call the store 727-800-5043 or contact  Coach Jimmy.

                       

                      Coach Jimmy

                       

                       

                       

                       

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