Newton Run Recap: The Shoes, The Run, The Fun

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Paragoners,

Last night’s Newton Sponsored Run was amazing–am I right? About 40 runners took the sunny streets in flashy Newton running shoes, renewed by the warmer weather. Once we hit the West Side Highway, the wind started to cool us off and provided a great training tool as we kept pace for our recovery run.

The highlight of the night, of course, was getting to try some new kicks for free! Comments on the run included how stylish and bright the shoes were, how different they felt and the bouncy, cushioned effect the midsole had.

“Everyone that tried them last night loved the shoes and was happy about the comfort they provided,” says Newton Tech Rep Tori Simons about getting runners’ reactions.

Before the run, Tori schooled us on what makes a Newton shoe different from other running shoes. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Newton recognizes and boasts about the unusual feeling of the shoes, and it’s like no other.

“Newton running shoes have extra cushion in all the right places to help you run more comfortably,” Tori says.

The most noticeable difference is the midfoot area, where lugs and extra cushioning are present. Most of us might be used to a heel-heavy cushioned shoe, or even a more minimal shoe, so let’s review some of the innovative qualities of the various styles we wore last night:

  • Midsole cushion absorbs impact and adds responsiveness
  • POP sensation is from a dynamic movement system
  • Midfoot lugs engage to activate a trampoline membrane for energy return
  • You get enhanced ground feel, efficiency, comfort!
  • New broader P.O.P 1 platform accommodates natural foot function
  • An extended medial bridge supports without over-correcting for flatter arches and overpronation

“The event last night was great! We love doing a Paragon sponsored run for the public,” says Tori. “It’s great that the staff runs as well and has the opportunity to experience the shoes.”

We definitely are thankful for the opportunity to experience new and different running products. It helps expand our knowledge to share with our run club, helping us all become better runners!

Thank you all for joining us at Paragon last night and for coming out for some St. Patty’s Day celebrations post-run. See you next time!

-Your Paragon Pacers

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Don’t Miss Paragon’s adidas Ultra Boost Sponsored Run Tuesday, Feb. 24!

The newest adidas Ultra Boost is officially here. Demo it at our next run club for free! What is the adidas Ultra Boost? Weighing in at about 10.6 oz, the Ultra Boost provides just the right amount of “soft-feel” in a lightweight, breathable package. The shoe has a Primeknit mesh upper that fits like a bootie. And, Boost technology in the midsole returns energy so you can have a more efficient stride. If that’s not enough to please you, the grippy rubber outsole is durable enough to last for many miles. The best part is, you can test drive it at Tuesday night’s run club and tell us what you think! adidas Ultra Boost The Details

  • Run club starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Demos are provided first-come, first-serve
  • Post run celebration: Trivia night at Duke’s on 19th Street

The Workout

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • 14 x 30-sec [60-90-sec Faster pace OR Half-Marathon Race Pace] w/2:30 Recovery
  • Cool Down back to the store [Roughly 1-mile]

Alright #WinterWarriors – see you on Tuesday night at 6:30 at the lower level of Paragon!

Meet Nuun and Feetures! at Tuesday’s Run Club

Paragoners,

Great news!—Nuun hydration and Feetures! socks are sponsoring our Tuesday Run Club! What makes these brands awesome? Paragon Pacer James gave us some insight.

Nuun is delicious enough to hydrate with any day, but it’s ideal for refueling and rehydrating after a run. Pronounced “noon,” the company was the first to separate electrolyte replacement from carbohydrates, so you get the benefits without all the sugar. Just drop the tablet into a bottle of water and enjoy!

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“Nuun hydration isn’t as thick as other drinks like Gatorade and isn’t as sticky,” James says, plus, they are only 8 calories each with zero sugar.

Not only are the flavors tasty, they are an easy way to enhance performance through proper hydration. Many of us are dehydrated on a daily basis, which can cause fatigue, cramps, headaches, dizziness, nausea and more. When water just isn’t enough, Nuun provides three hydration varieties:

  • Active Hydration: specific to high intensity activities and/or higher electrolyte replenishment needs (Running, Cycling, Swimming, etc)
  • U Natural Hydration: all natural variety with a lower electrolyte profile
  • All Day: encourages you to drink more water by providing refreshing flavors, enhanced with all-natural vitamin and mineral blend for daily use

Now we all know hydration’s importance, but so is taking care of your feet during long or frequent runs. Feetures! brand strives to help you perform your best by providing a variety of high-quality socks and eco-friendly packaging to boot!

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“The Merino wool ones are super nice,” says James. “The wool doesn’t take on the smell technical fibers usually do and wears better.”

Already wearing Feetures! when asked about them, he explained the high performance socks have a fabric blend, elastic arch support and good fit unlike any other sock. Each variety keeps your feet dry using fibers like bamboo, Merino wool and Lycra. There’s one for every runner’s need:

  • High Performance: original design featuring Lycra, hugs, wicks, includes ventilation zones
  • Elite: targeted support, blister protection, moisture wicking
  • Elite Merino+: includes Merino wool for natural anti-odor, insulates when wet, warms feet
  • Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve: 6 support zones with graduated compression for circulation
  • Elite Compression: knee-high, 18-22 mmHG of superior graduated compression for faster recovery

Both are amazing products that are beneficial to many runners already. So, make sure to come out and experience Nuun and Feetures! for yourself this Tuesday at 6:30pm.

A Word From Coach Josh:

This week, hopefully the weather will agree and there won’t be any reason to make any adjustments, we’re going for some variable pace work with a nice little interval play. The pick-ups aren’t aggressive, but more of a turn of pace that will work with the potential conditions we’ll be looking at. Sadly, I won’t be there Tuesday, but pacers James, Devang, Vivian, and Brian have got you covered.

The Tuesday Workout

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • Repeat the Sequence Twice
  • 1-min Easy/4-min @ 30-sec faster
  • 2-min Easy/3-min @ 45-sec faster
  • 3-min Easy/2-min @ 60-sec faster
  • 4-min Easy/1-min @ 90-sec faster
  • Cool Down back to the store [Roughly 1-mile]

~ Josh

Think You’re Ready for the Ice?

New York City usually gets plowed quickly after a snowfall, thanks to the hard-working crews sent out prior, during and after. But they can’t plow everything and can’t always keep up with the snowfall. Though “Blizzard” Juno was a dud, we still have weeks of winter left, and more opportunities for ice and snow. Check out our recommendations for running in these tough conditions. Let us know your favorite winter gear in the comments!coldweatherrunning_blogpost_covershot

Yaktrax Pro: When your shoe grip just doesn’t cut it, the Yaktrax Pro is perfect to slide over your running shoes for a snowy run in the park. A removable performance strap makes it customizable in fit and the spike-less design is easy to throw in your bag.

Petzl Tikkina 2 Headlamp: Light up your run! It gets darker earlier in the chilly months. Throw ice in the mix, and you have a recipe for a fall. This extra wide, lightweight headlamp is easy to wear while still providing a 30 meter range of light.

Smartwool PhD Run Ultra Light Mini Running Sock: Born in the Rockies, this sock will be your best friend both on the running path and off. Merino wool is a special fiber that maintains temperature while allowing moisture to escape. Synthetic fibers wick sweat but, once wet, doesn’t keep you warm.

Marmot Neck Gaitor: I don’t know about you, but my chin turns to a popsicle on cold nights. Neck gaitors or tubes help keep your neck and chin warm when you need it. This Marmot version is a cozy micro fleece if you’re looking for the warmest option.

Nathan Sports SpeedShift Running Glove: If you forgot your headlamp, this glove has high visibility features like reflectivity and LED lights (yes, lights on your gloves) for up to 1300 feet of visibility. Watch out NYC drivers, this runner is serious and safe!

Nike Cold-Weather Running Knit Hat: We couldn’t wrap up without mentioning to protect your noggin. A reflective, light, sweat-wicking version like this is a great option that’s easily stowable in your pocket if it gets too warm on a run.

Stay safe and see you all next Tuesday at 6:30 for our Paragon Sports Run Club!

Happy New Year from Paragon!

Team Paragon,

#TBT | First sponsored run of 2014. Windy, cold, and snowy night but still didn't stop us! Let's start this season with a bang!

#TBT | First sponsored run of 2014. Windy, cold, and snowy night but still didn’t stop us! Let’s start this season with a bang!

A NEW YEAR is here! It’s time for new goals, new races and becoming a better, healthier runner. Paragon Run Club starts back up Tuesday, January 13, and is the perfect opportunity to kick-start these goals as a runner. Whether you’ve run with us countless times, or it’s your first, Paragon’s pacers are there to coach you through each workout. Tuesday’s workout will be posted this Sunday, so keep your eyes peeled!

With that said, we’d like to share our goal this year: to keep local runners and fitness enthusiasts more informed and connected to the fitness community around Union Square and NYC. It’s not just about running. It’s about becoming a well-rounded athlete, ready to take on the next race, even if that means an hour of yoga or trying out a kick boxing class.

In 2015, you’ll be seeing more posts helping you branch out in the area, be in the know of the latest and greatest fitness hot spots and, of course, be the best runner you can be. We’ll team up with, learn with and interview your fellow fitness lovers in the city, as well as provide opportunity to join races or stay on top of upcoming events.

If you’re feeling ready for a race early in the year, check out these below:

Races:

Congrats to all who did the Chi Marathon, Mohawk Hudson Marathon, and the SI Half Marathon!

Paragoners,

Congratulations to everyone that did the Chicago Marathon, Mohawk Hudson Marathon and the Staten Island Half-Marathon this weekend.  Pretty awesome time to be a runner, I have to say!  This week is week #10 of Paragon Sports 12-Week Marathon program sponsored by The North Face and Mountain Athletics.  Game faces everyone!!  This is the last week of LONG, heavy miles before taper begins!  Tomorrow night we’ve got strength training with The North Face/Mountain Athletic team and then Tuesday has long set tempo work on the menu.

Tuesday’s workout is also being sponsored by the fine people at Brooks Running and from what I understand they have something special planned for us all, so this should be pretty awesome.

For those following our 12-week program, this week’s plan is listed at the bottom of this email. 

The Tuesday Workout

9:40 & More Relaxed:

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • 2 x 1.5-mile @ 30-40-sec faster than Marathon Pace w/3-min Recovery
  • Cool Down back to the store [Roughly 1-mile]

9:30 & Quicker:

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • 2 x 2-miles @ Half-Marathon Pace w/2:30 Recovery
  • Cool Down back to the store [Roughly 1-mile]

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Monday & Thursday Night Marathon Training Sponsored by The North Face

Monday night Strength Training with the The North Face and Mountain Athletics is ON, so be there or be square!!!  We meet at 6:30 pm downstairs at Paragon for bag drop, just like we do on Tuesdays, and from there you’ll proceed to the West Side Piers for the workout.  On Thursdays The North Face/Mountain Athletics team will be doing speed workouts on the piers.

Below is the structure for Week #10 of Paragon Sports’ Marathon Training:

Mon: The North Face/Mountain Athletic Strength Training @ Paragon Sports

Tue: Paragon Sports Run Club – Long Set Repeats

Wed: REST DAY

Thu: The North Face/Mountain Athletic Speed workout @ Paragon Sports

Fri: (SUGGESTED Workout on Your Own Time) 45-60-min Easy Run @ Conversation Pace

Sat: Paragon Run Club – Long Run [21-miles w/6-8-miles @ Marathon Pace]

Sun: REST DAY

~ josh

WEEK 6 Marathon Training Program

Paragoners,

Welcome Week #6 of Paragon Sports’ 12-week Marathon Training Program sponsored by The North Face and Mountain Athletics and with it some fantastic running weather.  I saw some of crew out kicking some serious butt at the 5th Avenue Mile on Saturday. Pretty perfect day for a race out there.  Just as a reminder, tonight Strength Training is ON with The North Face/Mountain Athletic crew and then tomorrow night we are really going to start focusing in on some pacing via a couple of long set repetitions.  Time to start feeling paces out and how to fall back into them after a brief lapse, like when you eat or hit water stops on the go.  A little downshift and then right back into it.  What we are looking for here is for you to really feel the rhythm of the pace and to be able to hold it comfortably.

This Tuesday’s tempo run is being sponsored by the good people at 2XU!!! So that will be pretty awesome.  Really looking forward to what they are gonna be showing us!

If you have any questions about the workouts or our training program please feel free to contact us.  For those following our 12-week program, this week’s plan is listed at the bottom of this email.

The Tuesday Workout

9:40 & More Relaxed:

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • 2 x 1.5-miles @ 15-30-sec Faster than Marathon Goal Pace w/3-min Slow Recovery Jog between
  • Cool Down back to the store [Roughly 1-mile]

9:30 & Quicker:

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • 2 x 2-miles @ 20-40-sec Faster than Marathon Goal Pace w/3-min Slow Recovery Jog between
  • Cool Down back to the store [Roughly 1-mile]

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Monday & Thursday Night Marathon Training Sponsored by The North Face

Monday night Strength Training with the The North Face and Mountain Athletics is ON, so be there or be square!!!  We meet at 6:30 pm downstairs at Paragon for bag drop, just like we do on Tuesdays, and from there you’ll proceed to the West Side Piers for the workout.  On Thursdays The North Face/Mountain Athletics team will be doing speed workouts on the piers.

Below is the structure for Week #6 of Paragon Sports’ Marathon Training:

Mon: The North Face/Mountain Athletic Strength Training @ Paragon Sports

Tue: Paragon Sports Run Club – Fartlek

Wed: REST DAY

Thu: The North Face/Mountain Athletic Speed workout @ Paragon Sports

Fri: (SUGGESTED Workout on Your Own Time) 50-60-min Easy Run @ Conversation Pace

Sat: Paragon Run Club – Long Run [18/19-miles … the last build before a nice respite next week]

Sun: REST DAY

~ josh

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Paragoners, 

​A lovely rainy monday to get our week started, huh?!  Oh well, just makes getting this week’s workout sorted a little more difficult than I’d like, but I’ve got it.  There’s a lot more going on this week so let me give you the run down.  

Tomorrow night’s run is sponsored by the good people over at POLAR, makers of great GPS and Heart Rate watches.  With that in mind tomorrow night we’ll take a break from the straight up speed work and will be doing negative split tempo run, meaning that we’ll do the second half of our run faster than the first half.  We’ll be looking to consistent pacing in both directions, finding a nice rhythm and sticking with it.  It’s a perfect run to play with HR and GPS tech too 🙂 

A reminder that in addition to our regular tuesday night run, Paragon Sports has partnered with Union Square Partnership and we will begin our Thursday Night Track Series as part of this year’s ‘Fitness in the Square’.  Feel free to dust off your old track shoes for this one as this will be a dedicated speed workout!  We’ll be meeting at 6:30 pm at the North Plaza of Union Square for bag drop at the Paragon tent and will be headed off to the East River Track from there for our workout.  We will be leaving for the track at 6:40, so please try and be punctual.

 

Alright, that’s enough for now, so have a great​ Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow!! 

 ~ josh 

 

The ​Tuesday ​“Workout”: 

​9:40 & More Relaxed Conversation Pace​: 

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [roughly 1-mile]
  • ​1.5-2-miles @ Convo Pace ​
  • ​1.5-2-miles @ 10k Pace​
  • Cooling Down back to the store

[roughly 1-mile]

9:30 + Faster Conversation Pace: 

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [roughly 1-mile]
  • ​2.5-miles @ 30-40-sec Faster than Conversation Pace ​
  • ​2.5-miles @ 5-10k Pace​
  • Cooling Down back to the store

[roughly 1-mile]

 

Saucony sponsored Run – 5/6/2014

Paragoners, 

​Now I know everyone enjoyed this weekend’s weather, right?  Finally some great running weather to enjoy and it looks like we will be getting more of it tomorrow night.  The Brooklyn Half is 2 weeks away and this group has evolved so much over the past year with everyone hitting personal best after personal best that I thought we would do something a little different than we have in the past.  This week we are going to do a nice long shake-out run, stretch, and then a 1-Mile Time Trial.  Oh yah, the dreaded max effort 1-mile run … the performance test of champions!!  

This week’s workout is being sponsored by the good people at Saucony, which will make this even more awesome.  Sample some shoes, run HARD, and see what you can win in our post-run raffle!!

Lastly, simply because I am pretty excited about the whole thing, check out Page 32 of the June issue of Runner’s World in the ‘Ask the Experts’ section and see who’s among the responses. 

Have a great night and I’ll see you tomorrow!! 

~ josh 

 

The “Workout”: 

 

​EVERYONE: 

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway
  • ​30-min Shake-out [7-min Easy Jog, 6 x 30-sec @ 75-80% Effort w/2:30 Recovery, ​5-min Easy Jog]
  • Stretch Out a little bit
  • 1-Mile Time Trial [like you are racing 1 single mile, near MAX effort]
  • ​Cool Down back to the store 

Tuesday Night Run – 3/25/14

Paragoners,

Greetings from Hawaii!!!!  I hope all is well with you all.  Below is the workout that Pacer James is going to be leading in my stead.  Looking forward to coming back and running with you all again soon … but for now I am enjoying being in shorts and a t-shirt all the time 🙂

~ josh

Greeting Paragon Runners,

The Paragon Tuesday Night Run could be some of the most fun you can have getting in a good workout! Flyby’s! If you have never heard of those not to fear! They are simple and fun, promise! You might also have heard them called Wind Sprints. Quoting Healthcentral.com/ –

What Are Wind Sprints? 

Wind sprint is a familiar term to athletes. For them it means to sprint or go very fast. But it’s the first word — WIND — that should really be emphasized, because the purpose of the exercise is to get momentarily winded. Athletes have to go very fast to get winded. Out-of-shape people can get winded from just walking. (It might have been easier to explain this technique if I had made up a new name for it, such as “The Get Winded Exercise.”)

If you want to become a person who burns LOTS of fat during aerobic exercise, then you have to raise the level at which you exercise. Doing little bursts to “get winded” in the middle of your regular aerobic exercise session is what raises that level. Plus, wind sprints add intensity and challenge to your workouts without the danger of getting injured.)”

These runs are a lot of fun and simple. You’ll work together with similarly paced runners, feel your fast and also have some time to relax.

WARM-UP to the WSH:

Under 8-9:00min Pace and Faster: 5min @ Easy/HMP, 5mins ON, 5min @ Easy/HMP, 7mins ON,  5min @ Easy/HMP, 7mins ON, 3mins Recovery, 3mins ON

9-10:00+min Pace and Faster: 5min @ Easy/HMP, 5mins ON, 5min @ Easy/HMP, 5mins ON,  5min @ Easy/HMP, 5mins ON, 5mins Recovery, 3mins ON

COOLDOWN to the Paragon

*Pacers will be keeping everyone alert as to the intervals starting and stopping (1 whistle ON, 2 whistle OFF)

It’s all going to be very wonderful, full of youth and straightforward! Really looking forward to having you all out tomorrow night! And do not forget: it MIGHT rain tomorrow (60% chance as of now).

 

Be Well, 

James P.