Based on real-life experiences
Whether you are going to the gym or going outdoors, having the right pair of shoes is important. Some people may undermine it, but shoes can make or break your workout or run sesh. To see if this holds true, I joined Nike Running Club’s two running sessions under the Zoom speed challenge.
To determine the difference of my running performance (disclaimer: I’m more of a casual runner, not a seasoned one), I’ve used different sneakers both sessions: for the first session held at BGC, I used Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus 35, while I used the Air Max 97 for yesterday’s running session held at UP Diliman.
Both sessions involved pushing yourself to run your fastest 1KM. Nike’s NRC app was used to measure both runs. How did it go? Check out my run times:
Different terrain aside (the BGC run was mostly downhill on a paved path, while the UP run was a mix of uphill and downhill with a few trail paths), I’ve felt the difference between using 2018 tech (the Air Zoom Pegasus 35) and 1997 tech (the Air Max 97). Here are my realizations:
Old cushioning tech is a thing of the past.
While the Air Max 97 was intended for running during the mid-90s, it pales in comparison with that the Air Zoom Pegasus 35 offers. A full-length Zoom Air cushioning is more responsive over a full-length Air Max cushioning, and that the overall ride of the former is much softer than the latter.
Every possible weight reduction to the shoe matters.
Unlike the Air Max 97’s leather and mesh build, the Air Zoom Pegasus 35’s Flymesh build made the shoe lighter. Shaving off a few ounces on your feet is just as important as having good cushioning, as it gives less stress to your feet in having to handle the extra weight during strides.
Good running shoes DON’T have to be pricey.
Before you go whining that good running shoes are expensive, the Air Zoom Pegasus 35 costs Php 6,295, and you can get it for a lower price at outlet stores if you are patient enough. Aside from the Air Zoom Pegasus 35, Nike has a variety of running sneakers for different price brackets, which should give you a wide set of choices in your search for your next running sneaker.
Don’t forget to check out our articles on the Air Zoom Pegasus 35 and Air Max 97: