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Ah, those Nike Pegasus. I loved that pair of shoes. Of course, I was 12 and didn't know any better. I just picked the shoe that was cute and fit me. I realize now, looking at that picture, the 1987 Nike Pegasus wasn't exactly the cutest but I don't remember having many other options to choose from. They were very soft and cushy and I just felt like I was running on air. This is going to sound super dorky but I think those shoes just made me feel good about what I was doing. Up to that point, I didn't really have anything outside of school and friends. I did gymnastics for a little while but I wasn't in love with it. But with running, I felt comfortable. I felt like it was something I was good at and really enjoyed. I met totally new people and kinda felt like I had found my people. All in my fluffy Nike Pegasus running shoes. They were the key to the door that opened a whole new world to me. And here we are, almost 30 years later, still going strong.
Sadly, my magic shoes didn't last much past that first season on the track team. My feet were still growing and the Nike shape didn't fit my foot very well anymore. I was crushed, to say the least. I held onto them and ultimately gave them to a friend on the team the following year who couldn't really afford new shoes. She got good use out of them until she could get new ones and I felt good knowing my shoes were helping someone else find their way.
As my running career blossomed, I became an Asics girl and was for most of my time as a runner until only just a few years ago. Now I'm an Altra girl but I still think fondly of those first pair of shoes that paved the way for me.
What oldie-but-goodie running gear would you buy again? I actually found a pair on eBay but I don't think they'll live up to my memories. What fond memories do you have with your old running gear?