St Pete Running Company is dedicated to runners young and old, experienced or new to running. We are pleased to announce training programs that meet the needs of all levels of experience. We will be offering Track and Speedwork Programs, Half Marathon Training, Triathlon and Duathlon Training, and one on one coaching (see Coaching tab).
Winter 10K Training Program
Training Kick-Off Saturday, Dec. 7th
St. Pete Running Company is proud to present our Winter 10K Training Program. This is a fun, educational and comprehensive program for novice or intermediate runners.
WHEN is the Program?
- Training commences on Saturday, December 7th
- 6 weeks of 10K training
- The Target race is The St. Pete Beach Classic on January 18th, 2020 (race entry not included and not mandatory)
- Training will consist of 3-4 structured runs each week along with a weekly training schedule.
- Runs will be Monday 6:30pm, Wednesday at 5:30am or 6:30pm and Saturday Mornings (with an optional Thursday Run)
WHO is the Program for?
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.
- Want to train with a group of other runners and have the accountability of a coach.
WHY participate in the program?
- Accomplishment, physical fitness, weight management through the holidays, not as physically demanding as a half/full marathon, 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 and Education: 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.
Speedwork on Wednesdays:
About the Program:
Participants should be in good health and cleared by a doctor to be able to run. Yes, it’s okay to take walk breaks. This program caps at 50 peopleCost:
6 Weeks for $120 ($20 per week)
All participants receive:
- Race entry discount for St. Pete Beach Classic
- 10% Discount in store purchases until 1/20/2019
- Free Use of Air Relax Recovery Boots
- A Free one -on - one Running Gait Analysis
- Free Gatorade Endurance Package
If you have more questions please contact the store at 727-800-5043 or email Ryan@stpeterunningcompany.com
Join Run St. Pete:
Be sure to join our running club, Run St. Pete. To join you simply need to request to follow the private Facebook Group Run St. Pete and agree to their bylaws.
Bridge Run Training
Training Kick-Off Saturday, Jan. 25th
Are you looking to improve your overall fitness? Bridge and hill training is for you! If you're signed up for the Skyway 10K, this training group is for you! (Please note we are not affiliated with the race). You don't have to be signed up for a race to join this group. All are welcome to come out and train with this fun and inclusive group!
Our expert staff will lead you through these training sessions where we'll help you not only improve your running technique, but you'll improve overall strength and efficiency on hills and bridges.
Cost: 5 weeks for $59
If you register for the whole program you will receive 10% Discount in store purchases until March 7th and you'll receive free products from Gatorade Endurance.
This 5 week session will start January 25th and end on February 22th, the week before the Skyway 10k. The official dates for each session are Jan 25th, Feb 1st, Feb 8th, Feb 15th, Feb 22th. The location will vary with each session, but there will be hills and/or bridges at each one! Each workout is different and will focus on a specific skill for hill running guaranteed to improve your fitness and do so without causing injury to your body.
Tentative schedule for the Bridge Training Sessions.
1/25 - The first session will be a Form & Technique Clinic of how to run bridges properly (@ St. Pete Running Company)
2/1 - Clearwater Memorial Bridge (100 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33755)
2/8 - Pinellas Bayway
2/15 - Bellair Causeway (2928 W Bay Dr, Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770)
2/22 - Miesner Bridge near Maximo Park (Pinellas Point Dr S & Sunshine Skyway Ln S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711)
If you have questions please call the store at 727-800-5043.
Info About Weekly Speedwork
What: Weekly Speedwork lead by expert running coaches.
Where/When to meet: We will offer two sessions on Wednesdays:
What to bring: Running shoes and running clothing. We prefer if you change before you get there but if you’re coming from work you can change in the bathrooms. Also bring water/sports drink, a beach towel, and a snack to eat on the way home after training.
What to expect: We will do a light jog to warm up for 10-15 minutes, followed by some dynamic stretching and easy drills. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you all of this stuff. The coaches will break you into pace groups and you’ll run the workout. Your coach will tell you what paces or “splits” you’ll want to do when they explain the workout for the night. Certain groups will be running intervals on the track while other groups will be doing core, mobility or strength exercises on the grass or outside lanes of the track.
I’ve never done track or speedwork before. Am I going to get left behind?
A: No, we will be very instructional and make sure you’re not missing anything.
I’m not very fast. Is speedwork just for sprinters and elite athletes?
A: No, you will benefit from this also. You don’t have to be fast. One common misconception is that all speedwork is sprinting. Realistically one session will entail some easy jogging, walking, medium effort running and also a small amount of hard running. You’ll probably never have to run at a maximal 100% effort.
Is this going to hurt?
A: Sometimes you’ll be running hard enough to where you couldn’t comfortably carry on a conversation. If performed correctly you should be slightly sore after training. This is a good kind of sore and your body will bounce back stronger. You probably won’t be limping around for 3 days after training, that’s not our style.
Can I bring my kids?
A: Yes, we would like for kids to be able to participate as long as they are serious and can reasonably keep up. If they are there to watch only, feel free to bring books, blanket etc.
How do I sign up?
A: You’ll want to come to St. Pete Running Company, 6986 22nd Ave North, St. Petersburg and sign up there. You’ll need to fill out a liability waiver stating that you are in good enough physical condition to be training. If you can’t make it to the store to enroll, simply bring cash or your card to Walter Fuller park on Wednesday. Try to get there by 6:10. Also, you’ll want to join our free club Run St. Pete in order to stay in touch with training opportunities and all the details. Or you can sign up over the phone by calling us at 727-800-5043. However, you will still need to sign a waiver in store or at the track.
What if I miss a day?
A: If you miss a session, that's okay. We know not everyone can make every week due to conflicts like vacation. Track Passes don't have to be used consecutively. These sessions will roll over into future training programs. Due to the progressive nature of interval training, the best results are usually achieved with consistent training. The more consistent your training is, the more consistent your results will be. But missing a week here and there will not be too much of a hindrance.
A: We still run in the rain and it usually feels great! If there is lightning within proximity we reserve the right to cancel it. Please check the Facebook Group Run St. Pete to be kept up to date with training and how it regards to weather conditions.
If you have more questions please call the store 727-800-5043.