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

The Language of Running

Do you speak RUNNING?

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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!

           

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


          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.


          TRIATHLON COURSE AT ST. PETE RUNNING COMPANY May 26, 2016 13:47

          Tri Training at St. Pete Running Company

          Is the Tri Course For Me?

          First time triathlete? Interested in learning the basics? Want to improve on your tri skills? Then St. Pete Running Company has the perfect course for you! Whether you've done a triathlon in the past or you're thinking about signing up for your first one, you will benefit from attending our 5-week clinic with a team of experts guiding you through a friendly and non-intimidating format.

          What is a Triathlon?

          A triathlon is a race with three different physical activities: swimming, cycling, and running. There are multiple distances at triathlon races, including shorter sprint distances for first-time triathlon athletes.

          Swim


          Bike

          Run
          This Triathlon Course will be a 5 week clinic
          Orientation for the course will be at St Pete Running Company on Tuesday, June 14th at 6:30 PM.

          Sign-up in the store and get your questions answered during our orientation.

          Each participant will need to have their own bicycle and helmet. Recommended that everyone have a good pair of running shoes and goggles (available to purchase at St. Pete Running Company).

          Cost: $150

          First Training Session on Saturday, June 18th at 8:00 AM meets at St. Pete Running Company.

          The Triathlon training schedule includes 3 weekly sessions:

          • Tuesday Evening swim 6:30 PM
          • Wednesday night 6:30 PM track workout at Admiral Farragut
          • Saturday Morning 8:00 AM Brick session, which is cycling and an easy run in the same workout.  We will meet at St. Pete Running Company.

          We will be having a mock triathlon during the course to practice what a triathlon is like.

          Goal Race: Participants are encouraged to sign up for a triathlon. The Top Gun Tri race at Ft. Desoto will take place on July 23rd.

           

          Perks For Each Participant

          Everyone who signs up for the course will receive:

          •        3 weekly coached training sessions
          • Triathlon race number belt

          • 10% discount on everything in store during the course

          We hope you're as excited as we are about this awesome course! Please note that participants need to be healthy enough to perform physical activities from easy to medium and moderate vigorous levels.

          Questions? Email Jimmy jimmymichaelwilliams@gmail.com
          NOTE: This course has a maximum capacity of 15 participants. Sign-up must be done in store.

           


          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

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          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.