Embrace the Rain: All About Rain Shells

Another Tuesday rolls around and, lately, it seems the rain, sleet or snow arrives just for us. Run clubbers have toughed it out through this winter admiringly well. So, for some of us, rain isn’t an issue on a run. Some of us actually love rain runs!

For the rest of us, we have a few suggestions before Spring really dumps rain on us. And, there’s a few things you should know about rain shells before making the investment. Paragon Running Specialist Shameth, aka Shay, Diaz has the details.

There’s a time and place for waterproof jackets. Shay says longer runs and slower runs under a moderate to heavy rain require a waterproof shell. Keeping the rain out for the duration of the run is what matters, though he warns not to over-layer. This leads to sweating a lot, dehydrating and eventually getting cold.

If you’re the speedy type or are just out for a quick jaunt, water resistant shells are the way to go. These are light enough not to weigh you down and more breathable for the higher intensity of your run.

What do you look for in a quality rain shell?

Great question. Shay says to look for breathable materials or vents, sealed or taped seams and zippers, lightweight design, visibility like 3M reflectivity or bright colors, and a cinched hood. Your water resistant shell should last about an hour in light rain, while waterproof jackets can keep you dry on longer runs or a heavy rain.

What’s on the market?

There are so many great brands making quality rain shells, so you have fashionable options, as well as functional. Thank the Athleisure movement happening in the sporting goods industry now. Check out some of Shay’s suggestions for running-specific rain shells below!

TNF_stormytrailSHOP The North Face Stormy Trail Jacket: http://bit.ly/1LZrzE5 

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SHOP Nike Rain Runner Jacket: http://bit.ly/1Cbfy6E GORE_x

SHOP Gore X-Running 2.0 Jacket: http://bit.ly/1N9haTp GORE_air

SHOP Gore Air Gore-tex Jacket: http://bit.ly/19QL7d2 CRAFT_focus

SHOP Craft Focus Jacket: http://bit.ly/1LZsvZc NIKE_trailkiger

SHOP Nike Trail Kiger Jacket: http://bit.ly/1GVL1Lg BROOKS_infinity

SHOP Brooks Infinity Jacket: http://bit.ly/1BMDcD9 

If you’re still scratching your head about which jacket is right for you, stop in and say ‘Hi’ to our women associates in the running and performance department on the first floor and Shay and other associates on the lower level where men’s running clothing lives.

WEEK 8 Marathon Training Program

Paragoners,

Here we are folks, just 5 short weeks away from NYC Marathon Action!!  It is week #8 of Paragon Sports 12-Week Marathon program sponsored by The North Face and Mountain Athletics.  It was a lovely and glorious weekend out, albeit a bit on the warm side for my liking, but what can you do.  This tuesday, which is being sponsored by Wigwam + Powerbar, we are going to continue honing in paces and finding our rhythm while on the move with a nice fartlek run.  Week #8 is an EXTREMELY eventful one, so check out everything we’ve got going on below.

  • On Monday & Thursday (9/29 & 10/2), any runner who BRINGS A FRIEND gets a free The North Face tech tee.  This is the perfect time to drag your friends out to get your sweat on and win FREE swag!!
  • Tuesday Night (9/30) is being sponsored by Wigwam + Powerbar and will have post-run food and drinks at SideBar at 120 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003.
  • Saturday’s long run is one of the BIG ONES

The Tuesday Workout

9:40 & More Relaxed:

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • 4 x 2-min @ 30-45-sec faster than Marathon Goal Pace w/3-min Recovery @ Conversation Pace
  • 4 x 3-min @ 30-45-sec faster than Marathon Goal Pace w/2-min Recovery @ Conversation Pace
  • Cool Down back to the store [Roughly 1-mile]

9:30 & Quicker:

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • 4 x 2-min @ Half-Marathon Pace w/3-min Recovery @ Conversation Pace
  • 4 x 3-min @ Half-Marathon Pace w/2-min Recovery @ Marathon Goal Pace
  • 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 #8 of Paragon Sports’ Marathon Training:

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

Tue: Paragon Sports Run Club – Fartlek/Interval Workout

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 [19-miles in Palisades Park]

Sun: REST DAY

~ josh

We RAN – We PLANKED – We RAN Again…

Thursday Night’s SPEED Workout PLUS Week 2 of STRENGTH Conditioning continues at PARAGON’S 12 WEEK MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM sponsored by The North Face and Mountain Athletics.

Thanks to all of you who participated in Thursday’s Speed and Monday’s Strength Training Workout. We can’t wait to see you out there again! Thursday’s speed workout will regroup at 6:30 pm on the lower level of Paragon Sports. Bring a friend and join us! If you’re interested to learn more about this program, please visit http://www.paragonsports.com/trainwithus.

It’s ON! Marathon Training

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Monday night marked the start of PARAGON’S 12 WEEK MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM sponsored by The North Face and Mountain Athletics.

Thanks to all of you who participated in Monday’s Strength Training Workout. We can’t wait to see you out there again! Tonight’s speed workout will regroup at 6:30 pm on the lower level of Paragon Sports. Bring a friend and join us tonight! If you’re interested to learn more about this program, please visit http://www.paragonsports.com/trainwithus.

Marathon Training Program: Week 1 Workouts

Paragoners, 

What an amazing weekend!!  Summer Streets was awesome.  The weather was pretty much perfection.  The running was excellent.  AND, this week kicks off Paragon’s 12-week NYC Marathon Training Program with The North Face, there is more information about the program below.  Exciting times!!! 

This Tuesday we will be doing a 60-sec On/60-sec Off interval workout.  It’s quick, it’s to the point, and before you know it it’s over!!  The very BEST kind of workout. 

The Tuesday Workout

9:40 & More Relaxed:

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • 5-min Easy, rolling start
  • 15 x 60-sec @ 60-90-sec Faster Pace w/60-sec Recovery
  • 5-min Easy jog
  • Cool Down back to the store [Roughly 1-mile]

9:30 & Quicker:

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • 20 x 60-sec @ 10k/Half-Marathon Pace w/60-sec Recovery
  • 5-min Easy jog
  • Cool Down back to the store [Roughly 1-mile]

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Monday & Thursday Night Marathon Training Sponsored by The North Face

Every Monday and Thursday night for the next 12-weeks Paragon Sports and The North Face will be bringing you 2 more free workouts a week as part of a 12-week NYC Marathon training program.  Mondays will be strength training and Thursday will be a speed/tempo workout.  Everyone will 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 your workout.  In addition to these coached workouts the program will also include a weekend long run, which varies in start time and location.  

For those interested in the 12-week program, the structure for this week looks like the following:  

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

Tue: Paragon Sports Run Club – Speed Workout

Wed: REST DAY

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

Fri: 45-min Easy Run @ Conversation Pace

Sat: Paragon Run Club – Long Run

Sun: REST DAY  

For more info: http://www.paragonsports.com/trainwithus 

~ josh