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9 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT SPEEDWORK May 13, 2016 17:54

Track Program Underway with St. Pete Running Company

Ready to take your running to the next level?

The idea of speedwork, track workout, or anything involving the word "speed" might intimidate the average runner. Is that you? Then you'll be interested to find out these 9 things you may not know about speedwork from St. Pete Running Company owner Cody Angell.

1. Speedwork is not just for fast people.

Regular and newer runners can benefit as much if not more from going to the track weekly.

2. Speedwork teaches proper pacing.

Doing Speedwork can ingrain a sense of pacing. Being on a track regularly can teach how to "hit your splits." It also teaches how to manage effort throughout the duration of a run. 

3. Speedwork is not the same thing as sprinting.

Not all track runners are Usain Bolt! Even if you're running at a very slow pace, running intervals on the track will be beneficial. 

4.  We refer to intervals as the wrong thing.

Most of us think that during a track workout the "interval" is running. By definition the interval is technically the break between repetitions. For example, a 1-minute interval is basically describing taking a break between running. 

5. Misery loves company.

When running with a group of people on the track you'll find that it feels easier to perform the work than it would feel while doing it by yourself. 

6. Accountability is a huge component of Speedwork.

Having the knowledge that a group of people are expecting you to be on the track and to run with them is a powerful motivator. Also, if one runner in the group is having a bad day, the others runners can "pull them through" a workout. 

7. Speedwork should be progressive.

If done consistently, speed training should be progressive in nature. It should start easy and then increase the amount of work done each time. This can be done by changing the volume and intensity of the repetitions, or reducing the recovery between those reps. 

8.  Speed Training equals better racing.

We recommend simulating the race within training. Training on the track can often get you ready for your big day. Your body will know what it feels like to run at race pace. Running a race without doing Speedwork is like taking a test without studying. 

9.  Track teaches more than just speed.

Your body will learn better running economy. You'll be able to absorb lactic acid better. It's likely that your stride will become more powerful  and efficient if you add drills to the mix. Also, it gives your body something called after burn, which means you'll be burning more calories after running Speedwork than you normally would. 

Ready for a safe and fun Speedwork environment?

Join the Run St. Pete Facebook Group to get more info about the St. Pete Running Company Track Training Program. Feel free to ask the coaches a question, and check out the posts to see what has everyone so excited about Speedwork. Also feel free to visit the Training page on our site where you'll find more details and FAQs.

We have assembled an expert coaching team to help you become more efficient and faster at running.

Coaches:

Chris McCaffrey, employee at St. Pete Running Company and Personal Running Coach.

Dr. Brian Fullem, Clearwater based Sports Podiatrist, Author, Coach and former elite runner.

Cody Angell, St. Pete Running Company.

 

Check out this video from the most recent track workout!

 

 

 

 

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


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ALTERNATING SHOES February 10, 2016 16:48

The Benefits of Two Pairs of Shoes

What's better than having a great pair of Running Shoes? Having two great pairs of Running Shoes! Here's why...

Imagine that you could buy two cars for around $200. One would probably be a plush, comfortable SUV for longer, slower distance trips where comfort and reliability are important. Your other car would probably be a sporty, fast, and responsive car for zipping around town, short trips, and maybe even taking to the race track.

Now apply the same concept for your footwear. Most of us know and understand the importance of having a soft cushioned trainer. These are great for our longer distance runs and walks. The cushioning and support make it more comfortable and offer plenty of protection for your feet.

But we encourage you to think about the second pair of shoes.  These are footwear's equivalent to the Sports Car. A lightweight shoe is perfect for your shorter, faster runs. 

 

Breakdown of Thicker vs. Thinner Shoes

Cushioned Trainer

(Thicker)

  • Lots of cushioning and protection from the ground

  • Comfortable for longer runs/walks

  • Emphasize on comfort over performance

Lightweight Trainer or Flat

(Thinner)

  • Lower geometry, meaning your foot is closer to the ground

  • Lighter weight typically = more speed

  • Better for use in the gym and great for working on your running form

 

Find Your Break Even with Alternating Shoes

We recommend alternating the two pairs of trainers based on your workout.

The Long Run

If you're going for a longer, slower run where cushioning and comfort are paramount, you'll want to use your thicker shoes.

The Short Run

If you are doing a shorter, faster run like speed work, tempo, or even a race then you would likely benefit from the lightweight shoe.

Break Even

For most of us, we need a "break even" point to know when to switch from one shoe to another. We believe that for most people, this point is around 40 minutes. Simply put, if you're running longer than 40 minutes, you'll probably want to use the thicker shoe. If you're running less than 40 minutes (working on form, tempo, speed work, or gym work) then you'll benefit greatly from switching to your lightweight pair. 

 

The Fine Print of Shoe Buying

  • We're all different, and no single shoe fits everybody. It's important to get your stride and mechanics evaluated to make sure you're getting the right shoes for you and your needs.

  • Talk to us about you injuries because those play a factor in footwear selection.

  • Expect to run :05 seconds per mile faster in your lightweight shoes.

  • Usually the thicker shoes last a bit longer and are a bit more expensive.

  • We recommend wearing compression socks and also foam rolling your lower leg muscles when you first switch to a lightweight shoe.

 Blog by Cody Angell


THE BEST SHOE FITTING PROCESS IN AMERICA November 06, 2015 22:04

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.


PRESS RELEASE: PREMIER RUN & FIT PARTNERS WITH ST. PETE RUNNING COMPANY May 02, 2015 14:00

Premier Run & Fit and St Pete Running Company Announce Partnership

Premier Run & Fit Opens Physical Therapy and Performance Studio Inside St. Pete Running Company

May 2, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL – Locally owned Premier Run & Fit announced today that it will build a running and athlete Physical Therapy and performance studio inside St. Pete Running Company at 6986 22nd Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710. Run & Fit will be open to clients on June 15.

Dr. Eric Schweitzer, Board Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy, will own and operate Premier Run & Fit, seeing patients twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays and will extend hours if needed. Dr. Schweitzer is also the owner of Clearwater physical therapy practice Premier Physical Therapy and Sports Performance. He will continue to see patients at Premier Physical Therapy as well.

Dr. Schweitzer has practiced for more than 15 years and specializes in physical therapy for runners and athletes. He himself is a marathon runner and triathlete and an active participant in the Pinellas County running community.

“Runners and athletes are often given misguided advice, and 75 percent suffer an injury every year. Combining our two areas of expertise in running will assist us in providing the best care possible to our running and athletic community.”

St. Pete Running Company just had their 1 year anniversary and has quickly become an integral part of the running community. In addition to their extensive retail selection, they conduct classes and workshops, and offer their StrideSmart Fitting Process that provides a comprehensive fitting experience that addresses customer’s entire stride, from head to toe.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Eric. The reality is that runners get injured, and we feel having a guy of his caliber in our facility treating people is a no-brainer.  Dr. Eric provides a highly unique service and having him as a resource will only help fuel an already booming St. Pete running and triathlon scene. It only makes sense to have the person who was voted Tampa Bay's best Physical Therapist treating people at one of America's best running stores. As soon as we started talking to him about this opportunity, we knew it would give our customers everything they needed to improve their athletic ability,” said Cody Angell of St. Pete Running Company.

The addition of Dr. Schweitzer’s Premier Run & Fit practice will give customers an unprecedented running science experience rarely found in a retail environment. Dr. Schweitzer will offer physical therapy and performance enhancement to runners and athletes, using active release, manual therapy, corrective exercises and other tools to retrain movements to eliminate pain or increase output. He will also offer special events such as classes and workshops.

“I wanted to work with St. Pete Running Company because it has a genuine feel to it. They are runners and get it. Anyone who’s been in there can tell you they are very good at what they do. Plus, they offer the "stride smart" system of shoe fitting which I recommend and have personally benefited from,” said Dr. Schweitzer.

“I am thrilled about this opportunity. Running is a huge part of my life – from my career to my fitness to my social life – and now I’m able to make even more of an impact on the running community. I just think it’s an exciting partnership for me, St. Pete Running Company and our clients.”

 

 

 


ST. PETE RUNNING COMPANY PARTNERS WITH DR. ERIC SCHWEITZER April 11, 2015 10:00

One of America's Top Running Stores now has one of Tampa Bay's best Physical Therapists in store. St. Pete Running Company is excited to announce a new team member: Dr. Eric Schweitzer of Premier Run & Fit.

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Eric Schweitzer, DPT, OCS, MTC
Board Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Manual Therapist

 

You may have heard about Dr. Eric Schweitzer through Premier Physical Therapy in Clearwater. He will now be seeing clients in St. Pete as well.

 

About Dr. Schweitzer

Eric Schweitzer is a board certified Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Premier Run & Fit.  He is the only clinician in Tampa Bay that specializes exclusively in running injuries & enhancing running performance.  He offers a comprehensive running evaluation that clinically explores all facets of your running from mobility to strength to form.

 

He was an adjunct professor in sports medicine at USF for years before entering private practice.  He has written several textbook chapters on various sports medicine topics, most recently on athletic foot and ankle injuries, and he has spoken at several national level conferences.

 

He is certified in Active Release, certified in Manual Therapy, and is the only certified Pose Running form coach in Tampa Bay.

 

He's an avid runner and triathlete himself. His next race is the Sugarloaf Mountain Marathon in Maine on May 18th.  Besides running/triathlon, he also enjoys traveling, kayaking, fishing, and camping in his free time.

 

About Premier Run & Fit

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St. Pete Running Company is proud to welcome Premier Run & Fit to the store. Dr. Eric Schweitzer will be taking new clients right here in SPRC.

Please call to make an appointment: 727-442-7500

 

Take away more from your St. Pete Running Company Visit

With the addition of Dr. Schweitzer, we're very excited to provide our customer family with a more comprehensive experience in store. From our one-of-a-kind StrideSmart Fitting Process to Group Runs to Running Classes, we love to support the community and help people reach their fitness goals. Voted one of the best Physical Therapists in Tampa Bay, Dr. Schweitzer will be able to assist you with diagnosing, managing, and correcting your running or other sports-related injuries.

 

 

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