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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


Top Six Christmas Gift Ideas from St. Pete Running Company December 05, 2015 12:30 1 Comment

How many weeks left until Christmas?!?

Yep, December 25th is right around the corner. THREE WEEKS away to be exact. If you're scrambling to find the perfect gifts for friends and family, look no further! St. Pete Running Company has you covered, even for those hard-to-shop-for friends and relatives.

Make this holiday a special one with these great gift ideas.

1. Gift Cards - How do shop for a picky person? Gift card! The great thing about a St. Pete Running Company Gift Card is that it's a unique, one-of-a-kind gift that supports a locally-owned business.

2. Sunny Runner Christmas Ornament - Another one-of-a-kind gift! The limited edition Sunny Runner Ornament features our logo and a tropical background with a palm tree decorated for Christmas. A must-have for every tree.

3. Trigger Point STK, Foam Roller, or Massage Ball - You can't go wrong with any of the Trigger Point items. They are great for active and sedentary people. Like a toothbrush for your body, the STK, foam roller, and massage ball smooths out muscles and helps with soreness.

4. St. Pete Running Company Shirts, Vests, and Jackets- Keep the one-of-a-kind theme going! Come into the store and browse through a wide variety of tops featuring our Sunny Runner logo.  Our long-sleeve tech shirt is a best-seller with several options for men and women.

5. SOCKS - Feetures, Bolega, Swiftwift, 2XU Compression Socks, and Sunny Runner Socks - For that tough to buy for friend or relative, you can't go wrong with socks. Check out the many options we have, including our one-of-a-kind Defeet Sock with the Sunny Runner Logo.

6. Garmin Forerunner 630 and FR 235 Smartwatches - Looking to really surprise someone special? The all-new FR 630 and FR 235 are now available! Come in to the shop to find out all about the latest features with these Garmin GPS Smartwatches.

 

 

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


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.


4 REASONS TO TEST OUT MIZUNO RUNNING SHOES April 06, 2015 16:00

On April 13th at our 6:30 PM Monday Group Run, everyone will have the opportunity to test out a pair of Mizuno Running Shoes.

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Wave Rider (Mens and Womens)

Mizuno is a Japanese company that believes in creating a high quality running shoe.

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Wave Hitogami (Womens)

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Wave Sayonara (Mens)

 

What is wave technology?

Unlike other running shoe companies, Mizuno uses wave technology for their cushioning structure. Every one of their shoes has what's called a Wave plate, a polymer plastic plate that runs from mid-foot to heel or arch to heel. The Wave plate dynamically cushions a runner's impact, helping transfer the impact forces throughout the body of the shoe instead of in one spot. The ripple effect is similar to a drop of water hitting a pond.

 

4 Reasons to test out Mizunos at Monday's Group Run

  • LIGHTWEIGHT and COMFORTABLE-- Overall, their shoes are some of the lighter weight shoes on the market, and they give the comfortable feel of a hug around the middle of the foot to the heel.

  • SHOCK ABSORPTION-- The basic structure of the Wave allows the cushioning midsole to disperse the impact forces of running by spreading it out more evenly through the shoe.

  • SUPPORT-- Wave technology adds cushioning and support with a smoother heel-toe-transition. Firmer connection to the ground due to the firmness of the Wave plate provides inherent support in the area around the arch to keep you centered in the shoe.

  • ENERGY-SAVING-- Their shoes are designed to maximize and balance forward momentum, which leads to an increase in saved energy.

 

Join us Monday, April 13th at 6:30 PM to test out a pair and see for yourself how much your feet love the feel of Mizuno Running Shoes.

 

 

 

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