A few weeks out from the 2015 Boston Marathon, I decided to buy a new pair of running shoes. So I headed to the Haddonfield Running Company and tried on several pairs, but in the end went with my old standby: the Nike Pegasus. It's a shoe model I've been wearing for years, not so much out of brand loyalty, but more out of superstition and hey, if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it. I'd had a lot of success in the Pegasus before and saw no reason to quit them.
I was delighted when Shawn introduced me to a pair that would require spectators wear sunglasses when I ran by.
I wore these shoes in my first ever Boston Marathon a few weeks later, trudging through a miserably cold and rainy New England morning. And as soon as I got home, back into the box they went. I continued to use older models of the Pegasus for training, and would use these for racing.
I trotted them out again in October on a glorious fall day for the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon which I crushed with a PR that still stands. And back into the box they went.
Three weeks later, out they came again for my ill fated sub 3 attempt at the Philadelphia Marathon. It was a brutal day with emotions running high. These shoes carried me to a PR in the marathon but failed to deliver that coveted sub 3. And back into the box they went.
I've worn them for a few more races this past spring, and will probably wear them for next weekend's Rock n' Roll Half Marathon with Stevie, but pretty soon I'll have to retire them as a racing shoe and relegate them to training duties.
My first Boston. Two incredible PR's in the span of three weeks. Over a year of racing memories. If I weren't so frugal, I would probably put these in a class case. If ever there was a pair of shoes to enshrine forever out of all those I've worn over the years, these are it. For now they have their spot on a shelf in my closet.
Incredibly enough, I haven't bought a new pair of running shoes since then. But when I go see Shawn again, I just hope they have something that can live up to this pair.