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Marathon Sports Pub Run

Last night I went to Marathon Sports’ Pub Run in Wakefield, MA.

This was officially the “Melrose” run as it was managed by the Melrose store. But we ran out of Harrington’s Pub on Water Street in Wakefield, and ran the loop around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield.

It took me an hour and a half to drive out from Cambridge. The traffic was ridiculous! As I ran up to the pub I only saw two guys out front in running gear. I was afraid that the rain had chased everyone else away.

Nike,Air Zoom PegasusThe Nike rep was there and asked me what size shoe I wore and if I wanted to try out a pair of their shoes for the run. Why not, I thought. They were a very bright blue color and I think they were the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus. He took my three-year old New Balance and gave me the new shoes with no questions asked. Wasn’t even concerned with me getting them wet.

A few minutes later the side-walk was full of runners who had taken shelter in Harrington’s. There must have been thirty runners. I recognized some of the Marathon Sports Melrose employees and saw about a dozen runners from my club.

Since my knee is acting up, I have been starting out slow. This gives me the opportunity to run with lots of people running different paces. As my knee warmed up I managed to get to about a 10 minute overall pace and ran with a lady from Wakefield. We even ran past her house and waved to her little boy on the porch.

My watched chimed at 4 miles just as we finished running across the street from Harrington’s. Perfect. My pace was just under 10 minutes. Not great, but I managed to get in a four mile run with good company.

We hung out at Harrington’s for about an hour, had a few drinks and some appetizers. I met some new people and had good conversations.

I’m going to try to make a few more of these runs. If I get to six of them I’ll get a cool shirt and a pint glass, not to mention 6 good times!

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus were very comfortable with great arch support. Over all they felt very comfortable and I think a 4 mile run was a pretty good test. My only complaint was that the toe box was too tight. All of my toes were rubbing and I could not wear these for a marathon. But the comfort has me thinking of trying out some Nikes.

Thanks to Marathon Sports for organizing a great “pub run.”

Run well my friends!

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