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Stability Shoes- Get the support you need to run your best

Stability Shoes- How much support is needed?

Lets face it, when looking to buy running shoes you've got no shortage of options to choose from in a variety of different categories and brands. Typically most shoes can be split into two major categories- neutral/cushioned, and stability/support. To help narrow down your options and help you decide which category to consider, we need to take into account several factors:
 
Stability/Support- How to know how much support is right for you:

Runners who should consider stability shoes typically have arches that pronate excessively with each step, and often have flat feet (little or no arch). Runners who have low arches typically over-pronate more than runners with higher arches, although this is not always true. The runner who over-pronates has arches that collapse as their body weight comes down, allowing their feet to roll to the inside (or medial side). To determine if this might be you, take a look at the wear pattern on the bottom of your current running shoes.

Over-pronators typically wear out the tread on the outer edge of the heel, and the tread near the ball of the foot. To prevent your feet from over-pronating, stability shoes feature midsoles with supportive features, usually a firmer area of EVA foam called a dual density post. The post is a usually a darker color, and works by reinforcing the medial side of the shoe, allowing the over-pronator to run with their feet and legs in proper alignment, minimizing the likelihood of injury.

Another factor to consider is your injury history- if you've ever had knee, shin, lower back, or IT pain while running, you may want to consider trying shoes with more stability features to them.  For expert advice into fitting you into the best pair of shoes that work best for your unique gait, visit any one of our store locations for a feee video gait analysis.

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Running Gear

Sneak Peek- Asics Gel Nimbus 17 NYC Limited Edition

The big race in New York City is right around the corner, and to commemorate the race, limited edition, marathon exclusive colors of several footwear styles have been released.  Available during marathon week at the expo, in-store, and online in limited quantities, the first of these we'll be sneak previewing is the Asics Gel Nimbus 17.  

With colorful graffiti print that calls out all five boroughs and the city skyline, this limited edition colorway lets you commemorate the big race in style.  The insole features the Statue of Liberty with official Asics logo along with full race name, with “26.2” and “NYC” printed on the upper.  The mens version features a white upper with color graffiti print pop, while the women's version features the same graffiti print with pink accents to really make it pop. 

The Nimbus has long been known as a premium cushioned, neutral, every day trainer which is consistently highly rated and reviewed by runners across the globe.  The 17th version is no exception, and comes standard with several updates from previous versions including fit improvements and the addition of FluidRIDE midsole cushioning technology which further adds to the overall comfort of the shoe.  

 

Asics Gel Nimbus 17 NYC Edition

                                                                                                    

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Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 Review

Nike's Air Zoom Vomero has long been known as a well cushioned, yet responsive everyday trainer, and the 10th version continues this heritage.  Intended for runners seeking a neutral platform with ample doses of cushioning, the Vomero 10 is an everyday trainer that holds up well mile after well.  Nike really went back to the drawing board in the product design and creation process of this 10th edition, and premium cushioning, upper, and midsole materials really make the Vomero stand out from the crowd. 

For starters, Nike has fused Zoom Air cushioning units with Lunarlon material in the midsole which creates a responsive yet cushioned feel, albeit firmer than previous editions of the Vomero.  According to Nike, this is the first time that these two midsole technologies have been combined which looks to be something that Nike will continue to do going forward, which, in our opinion is a good thing.  In the past, the Vomero was notorious for feeling like a marshmallow, depending on the edition which wasn't ideal for many runners.  The 10th edition feels much more runable without being overly cushioned either, which is a good thing.  Secondly, Nike has adjusted the positioning of Flywire lacing on the upper, for an improved fit with less friction points, as well as added Flymesh throughout the entire upper.  Flymesh not only breathes very well, but combines two layers of mesh into together, which adds to the comfort aspect as well.  Lastly, an internal fitted bootie really wraps around the foot comfortably and securely. 

Most importantly, how does it feel on a run?  Really good.  Exactly as we describe above, its definitely a cushioned ride without being too much or not enough cushion that's versatile to do anything from daily runs, to workouts, or even long runs without feeling clunky.  In short, if you're seeking out a neutral everyday trainer with soft yet responsive ride, give the Vomero 10 a shot. 

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Running Gear

Stock Up At Our Summer Is Running Out Sale

 

This Weekend’s Summer Is Running Out Sale

 

 

Sadly, summer days won’t last forever. As the current season winds down, we’ll host our first-ever Summer Is Running Out Sale.

 

  • Location: JackRabbit Upper West Side’s community space (140 W. 72nd Street)
  • When: Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Score big on gear to get you through the dog days of summer in style: spend $75 and get $15 back on all clearance apparel, footwear, and accessories!

 

 

Tag us on Instagram (@jackrabbitnyc) and show us how you’re #RunningOut summer, and we’ll share some of our favorite photos.
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Fun Runs Nutrition Running Gear Training

Why Train For A Half-Marathon?

Why Train For A Half-Marathon?

 

If your newsfeed looks similar to ours, you know there are plenty of people getting new shoes, battling the humidity, and starting to train for fall races.

 

We're totally psyched for November's TCS NYC Marathon (it's the most wonderful time of the year!), but we're also gearing up for autumn half-marathons.

 

 

What do we love about the 13.1 distance?

 

 

A few of our training program coaches weigh in:

 

“The half is the perfect distance because it's enough that you can challenge yourself to complete it, but it isn't so hard on your body. Anyone can do it!” – Will Noonan

 

“The half is a great way to get into the long-distance stuff, and it can also be used by more veteran marathon/ultra-marathon runners to take a step back.” – Binu Paulose

 

 

“The half-marathon is a challenging event that you should diligently prepare for, regardless of current running fitness. In that sense, it requires you to create and adhere to a plan for achieving race day goals. Everyone should train for and race a half at some point in their running journey!” – Sarah Schultz

 

 

“They are challenging, an impressive achievement, they have the word 'marathon' in them, and you can still have brunch after. It's also a great step/goal if a full marathon is in your future.” – Maddy Mako

 

 

Ready to toe that start line?

 

Our half-marathon training program starts this week, and we can't wait to help you have a memorable race day!