The Best from Paragon’s Running Shop: Top Ten Shoes This Season

It’s officially spring, and we’re all itching to get into the latest and greatest running shoes. Our specialists put together a list of both fashionable and functional new running shoes on the market. Check them out below and let us know what you think!

top10_1Nike Zoom Elite 7

  • Lower offset than most neutral Nike running shoes
  • Lightweight
  • Zoom Air unit in forefoot

What we love…

A lower offset promotes a mid/forefoot gait and the forefoot Zoom Air unit is plush and responsive.


top10_2adidas Supernova Glide Boost 7

  • Continental Rubber Outsole
  • Boost midsole
  • Engineered mesh upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

The Continental Rubber outsole is super durable and provides great grip on the roads, even when it gets slick.



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Nike Free Flyknit 4.0

  • Super lightweight
  • Minimal with 6 mm drop
  • Flyknit upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

The sock-like fit of the upper lets you run free of distraction and weight.


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Nike Flyknit Air Max

  • Extra comfortable cushioning
  • Flexible Air Unit
  • Flyknit upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

The comfort of Flyknit paired with such a large pocket of Zoom Air takes it over the top.



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adidas Ultra Boost

  • Responsive cushioning
  • Grippy rubber outsole
  • Bootie-like fitted upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

Boost is a new take on cushioning by providing more energy return than other foams on the market. It combines soft comfort and responsive energy.

top10_6Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

  • Weight reduction from previous version
  • Forefoot GEL
  • FluidFit upper
  • Stability

What we love…

GEL in the forefoot adds to this shoe’s already loved plush ride, and just in time for the runners switching focus to forefoot-strides.

top10_7Brooks Launch 2 

  • Roomy toebox
  • DNA Gel
  • Road racer
  • Neutral

What we love…

Transitioning from soft to hard upon impact, the DNA Gel provides cushion and a good return for a quick road race.


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New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay

  • 4 mm drop
  • Continual cushion
  • No-Sew application
  • Neutral

What we love…

Let the low offset and continual cushion take you far while you fly through your run.



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Asics GEL-Kayano 21

  • Updated Ortholite sock liner
  • Updated FluidRide
  • Less seams
  • Stability

What we love…

The latest FluidRide guidance system has less seams so there’s nothing in the way of your run.


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Saucony Zealot ISO

  • Lightweight
  • Max cushion
  • Road or track shoe
  • Neutral

What we love…

With this shoe, you can get maximum cushioning without the weight, which isn’t a common pairing, but we love it.

COMPRESSION: AN ATHLETE’S BEST FRIEND

Socks, sleeves, tights, shorts–you name it, it’s compression these days. Though it’s not for everyone, compression isn’t just used for medical reasons anymore. Athletes are using it after hard workouts to recover, during long runs to improve circulation, and to move more efficiently.

Runners, read on because we are on our feet for long periods of time and compression might be the answer. It’s not completely understood exactly how soreness can be alleviated, but many runners and athletes swear by their compression gear. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Increases blood flow
  • Limits swelling and inflammation
  • Speeds recovery
  • Reduces vibration
  • Warms up skin
  • Improves efficiency through muscle support

“Keeping oxygenated blood flowing to the muscles is important for performance,” Paragon Running Specialist and avid runner Brian McGregor says. “The more oxygen the cells have, the better they will function.”

During exercise, lactic acid is produced as a waste product, and if it’s not removed it can contribute to soreness and decreased ability to perform, Brian explains.

When is it best to use compression? It really depends on the type of workout. During a long run (I’m looking at you marathoners and ultra marathoners) compression can improve circulation. This keeps the blood from pooling at your feet, and can even help prevent lightheadedness related to blood flow. If you’re taking on the track for a speed workout, you might want to grab your compression gear, too. The tight hold of the compression helps reduce muscle vibration, which improves efficiency and can reduce delayed soreness.

“As a runner, I have so much shock and vibration going through my leg muscles as I pound the pavement with 3-5 times my body weight while running,” says Brian.

At one point, compression was seen as white granny socks that went up to the knee. Now, it’s even in your running shorts. Your quads and hamstrings are large muscle groups that get used every step of your run. If you take about 2,000 steps in a mile, a 7 mile run uses these muscles about 14,000 times! Over time, this use and many vibrations add up and fatigue muscles. 2-in-1 shorts allow you to still wear your favorite running shorts with the benefits of compression on these key muscle groups.

Though compression shorts or tights are common, graduated compression is another option. Compared to constant compression, graduated features the strongest compression near the ankle and decreases up the leg. The idea behind it is to aid in pushing the blood back up the legs and to the heart.

For more detailed accounts of how compression affects performance and recovery, check out this AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) research using 2XU lower body compression.

“I’ve been wearing compression for more than 5 years now,” says Brian. “I’m afraid to know how my body would feel if I didn’t have it.”

If all this compression talk made you curious, try it out yourself with these styles:

Paragon Run Club 6/17/2014

Paragoners, 

​Happy World Cup!!!!!  Oh man, my favorite time of year!!  Also, Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the dads in our group.  As for this week, we’re going to continue with our Tempo running workout, hopefully with a little less humidity than last week.  Remember, for the tempo sections you want to be consistent for the duration you are pressing the pace and not slowing and speeding up to constantly adjust.  You want to be nice, consistent and rhythmic.  For each rep we will go a little faster.  Nice little bit of progression work. 

One thing to note is that with the Wall Street Run bib pick-up in the store at our usual spot we will be doing BAG DROP OUTSIDE and the store will deal with everything for us.  

Lastly, THURSDAY NIGHT TRACK out of Union Square north at 6:30 pm … last week was awesome, hoping for more of the same.  Do NOT fear the track, it is an awesome tool. 

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

~ josh 

 

The ​Tuesday ​“Workout”: 

​Everyone​: 

  • Warm-up to the ​West Side Highway [roughly 1-mile]
  • ​2:30 Easy Rolling Start
  • 3 x 10-min [45-60-sec Faster, 60-75-sec Faster, 75-90-sec Faster] w/2:30 Recovery Jog between sets​
  • ​2:30 Easy Cool to Starting spot
  • Cooling Down back to the store ​[roughly 1-mile]

 

 

Race Your Own Way (#YOW) around NYC to WIN a $2500 Shopping Spree

Hi Team Paragon,

We partnered with Marmot to host a pretty awesome race in Manhattan called Marmot #YOW NYC Race and wanted to share it with you athletes.

Run, Bike, Skateboard or even FLY Your Own Way (#YOW) around NYC to visit 9 iconic landmarks for a chance to WIN a $2500 Shopping Spree at Paragon Sports on May 31, 2014. This race of a lifetime will take place only in Manhattan.

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Racers will –

Snap a photo, tag #YOW & your location on your favorite social media channel! Fastest person to GET ALL the locations and return to PARAGON SPORTS on 867 Broadway at 18th Street will WIN:

$2500 Shopping Spree at Paragon

2nd Place: $750 Shopping Spree at Paragon

3rd Place: $500 Shopping Spree at Paragon

 

Tickets are $25. All proceeds will be donated to Riverkeeper New York.

Race details: please visit www.paragonsports.com/YOW.html

Sign Up NOW: bit.ly/1gLbfbv  

 

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you all for supporting our run club. #ParagonRuns

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 Runs – 4/15/2014

Paragoners, 

 

​Greetings and salutations!!  Welcome to another week of fun and adventure!  How was everyone’s weekend?  I know some of you raced the MORE Half where Deena Kastor just killed it! 

This week we’ll be doing a tempo progression run starting out at conversation pace and working down the pace each mile.  Different pace groups will have different markers they are going to hit so be sure to give a listen to your pacer prior to the start of the workout. Further specifics will be below. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night!

~ josh

The “Workout”: 

EVERYONE: 

  • Warm-up to the WSH
  • 9:30 + Faster pace: 5-mile Tempo Progression [Conversation Pace -> 5k Pace]
  • 9:30 + More Chilled Out: 4-miles [Conversation Pace then trim 15-30-sec of pace each mile]
  • Cool Down back to the store 

NYC Half Recovery Run – 3/18/14

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Paragoners,

First of all, Congratulations to everyone that raced this weekend.  I saw via Facebook and such that there were some REALLY excellent times out there and quite a few PRs.  I love it!!!  So, as you know, I will be heading for warmer pastures for the next couple of weeks and shall return the first week of April.  Maybe by then we can start talking about going to the TRACK!!!!  While I am gone I am leaving you all in the capable hands of James, who has been pacing out the crew for a couple of years now.  The workout for tomorrow night is below.

Have a great week everyone and I will be in touch for sure!!

~ josh

Hey Paragoners, 

For all of you that raced the NYC Half on Sunday, I just wanted to say way to go! I haven’t heard all the stories yet but I have been told of good number of PR’s and just plain old faster than expected times. 

Tomorrow’s workout is to refresh and exaggerate recovery.

  • Warm-up to the WSH
  • 9:45 pace + Faster groups: 40-min (10-mins easy, 2-mins@10k pace, 3-mins recovery, 3-mins @ HMP, 2-mins recovery cycle through twice. and 10mins easy)
  • 9:50 pace + more chilled out: 40-min (10-mins easy 2-mins @10k pace, 3-mins recovery,10-mins easy)

– James 

Tuesday Night Runs – 3/4/14

Paragoners, 

Welcome to March!!! And YES, it’s still cold as hell … muhahaha.  The winter will never end … or so it would seem.  How did people do at the Washington Heights 5k?  I saw a bunch of familiar faces at the 3-mile mark gunning it for home, which is always a wonderful thing to see.  Happy to see you all out there racing hard and testing your limits.  Does a coach proud!  Bring me the PRs!!! 

Anyway, tomorrow night, fartlek workout.  You all will read what is below and just have your brains turn off as no-one wants to read that and decipher it, but I assure you it makes sense.  

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

~ josh 

 

 

The “Workout”: 

EVERYONE: 

  • Warm-up to the WSH
  • 4-min Rolling start
  • 2 x [3-min Easy/1-min @ 30-sec Faster than HMGP; 2-min Easy/2-min @ 15-sec Faster than HMGP; 1-min Easy/3-min @ HMGP]
  • 1 x [1-min Easy/3-min @ HMGP; 2-min Easy/2-min @ 15-sec Faster than HMGP; 3-min Easy/1-min @ 30-sec Faster than HMGP]
  • Cool Down back to the store 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Night Run – 2/4/2014

Paragoners, 

Hey gang, here we go with the snow AGAIN!!!  I was holding off on this workout as long as possible to get an accurate look at the weather and conditions, but it really isn’t helping at all anymore.  Regardless, tomorrow we will be rocking out on the West Side Highway with a pacey fartlek.  If the conditions are off we will just adjust the paces, that’s all.  Shouldn’t be as cold as it’s been, so revel in that little bit of awesomeness!  

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

~ josh 

The “Workout”: 

9:45+ Pace: 

  • Warm-up to the WSH
  • 4 x 2-min @ 10k

 Pace(if bad, HMP) w/3-min

 Recovery, 4 x 3-min @ 10k

 Pace (if bad, HMP) w/2-min Recovery

  • Cool Down back to the store 

9:45 & Faster Pace: 

  • Warm-up to the WSH
  • 4 x 2-min @10k

 Pace (if bad, HMP) w/3-min

 Recovery, 4 x 3-min @ 10k

 Pace (if bad, HMP) w/2-min Recovery

  • Cool Down back to the store 

 

 

 

Happy New Year! First Run of 2014

Ladies & Gents, 

 

Happy New Year!!! My apologies for the tardiness of this email as we return to Tuesday night running, but I wanted to get a good beat on the conditions for tomorrow night first and it has been interesting to say the least.  As of right now we WILL be meeting tomorrow night at 6:30pm for a nice return to running in 2014, that is IF we are not living in a World of black ice and slipperiness like we did this weekend.  It will be CRAZY cold so bundle up.  If things change I will be sure to notify everyone well ahead of time. 

 

I hope you are all well and I will see you tomorrow night at 6:30pm, weather + footing permitting!

 

Stay warm tonight!! 

~ josh