The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Is Not Just A Running Shoe
I took the Pegasus out for a test run and I don’t just mean for running
The men in my family are runners and so by default, the interest for the sport is in my blood. Don’t get me wrong, none of us are pro athletes, k? But running has always been a means to stay fit and sometimes, a way to get from point A to point B (no, really). But unlike my male counterparts, my interest never evolved into passion. With consistent training, I can run 7 kilometers with baby breaks in between, but on average and zero practice, this smartwatch says I can run 1.5 kilometers for 15 to 20 minutes. (I know, that’s like brisk walking.)
So when Nike came out with the latest iteration of the Air Zoom Pegasus 36 about a month ago, I decided to reignite my floundering enthusiasm for running. Besides, if champion athletes like Joan Benoit Samuelson and Eliud Kipchoge use the Pegasus to train, I might just run better and faster.
Initially, I planned to run on Track 30th after work but was postponed due to the unforgiving weather. Running on a treadmill, on the other hand, tends to make me feel like a hamster on a wheel so I wrote that off, too. Thus, Greg O’ Gallagher and Dell Farrel’s The Goddess Toning Program by Kinobody (sounds lame but the workouts are good) became my workout of choice. The three times a week program is designed specifically for women looking to tone up and develop a strong body. I figured the Pegasus could help optimize my performance anyway given its features: improved fit and comfort, and the mesh material that allows breathability across high-heat areas like the forefoot and arch. Perfect for all those squats and lunges!
This week, I let the Pegasus take a break and wore my usual training shoes for the same set of exercises, with a few additional routines. For cardio-related workouts and even strength-building, there was a glaring difference in my performance. I missed the Pegasus’ snug fit and slim design on the heel collar and tongue, which allowed me to jump higher, move faster and pivot better. Meanwhile, its responsive cushioning and well-designed outsoles were something I looked for, too. The combination of the two features relieves pressure on the lower body by absorbing impact, allowing the wearer to push harder. Let’s put it this way, if week one was the goal in terms of quality performance and volume, week two was pretty average.
“I missed the Pegasus’ snug fit and slim design on the heel collar and tongue, which allowed me to jump higher, move faster and pivot better”
Unlike the first couple of days, I wasn’t able to work out regularly and the weather was still wet and gloomy. I decided to wear my Pegasus to meetings outside the office and errands instead. It’s not running, but if I need to be at certain places, fast, my footwear needs to complement my lifestyle’s demands. One particular day at work, I found out I had to collect my kid from his sitter earlier than usual. The pick up point was about 900 meters away from my office, which usually takes me 12 minutes (15 if I were to take my sweet time) to get there. But increasing my pace and the right shoe—that has really good traction regardless of surface or terrain—got me to my destination in less than 10. It seems insignificant, but anyone in a hurry knows that a minute or five makes a world of a difference.
Nike’s best-selling Air Zoom Pegasus may have been made for the runner (pro or non-pro) in mind. But the results it delivers? It’s for the working guy or girl who wants to improve performance whether in or out of the gym, for the moms like myself that need shoes that can keep up with them and their little kids, for people who generally zoom through the day—it’s a shoe for everybody.
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 retails at P6,295 and is available at Nike Park U.P. Town Center, Alabang Town Center, Glorietta, Greenbelt 3, The Fort, Podium, North Triangle, Circuit, Robinsons Ermita, Eastwood, Festival Mall, Ayala Feliz, Ayala Center Cebu, Robinsons Galleria, Gateway Mall, Fairview Terraces, SM Fairview, Limketkai Mall Cagayan De Oro, The District Imus, Nike Forum Harbor Point, and Robinsons Magnolia stores.
Art Alexandra Lara