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Shopping trip to Fargo/Grand Forks yields 3 sets of shoes – #Nike pegasus 30 (love), pegasus 31 and structure 17 to test out!

Late Tuesday afternoon I, my wife, son, daughter and my brother hopped in the van and went on a bit of a road trip. We headed down to Fargo from Winnipeg for a quick supper and some shopping at Scheels for running shoes. Then we headed back to Grand Forks to grab a hotel before shopping away the day yesterday (Wednesday).

My main goal on the trip was to grab some extra shoes. My outdoor pair will probably be topped out on the mileage by next week and my current treadmill pair will be done by the end of August. I do have one pair of Nike Pegasus 30 LEs in reserve but they will go in service shortly. With the mileage I have planned for the Dopey Challenge training, I will need new shoes by the end of September for sure. The Nike’s I usually wear (Pegasus – have gone through 6-7 pairs in the past year and a half and probably 20 in total – love them!) are $30 cheaper in the US versus here in Canada – with Nike making significant changes to the Pegasus shoes for version 31 I wanted to make sure to pick up a pair as cheaply as I could in case the changes did not work for me. Scheels quite often has discounts on previous model versions as well so I have sometimes found my shoes for half the cost of what I would pay in Winnipeg.

Unfortunately this trip they didn’t have any Pegasus shoes in the discount area but they did have a pair of Nike Structure 17s in my size. After some quick research I realized that those might be a good idea to try – the added support and slight over pronation correction as well as similar cushioning to what I am used to with the Pegasus could really help my knee issues I have been having lately without overly changing the type of shoe I use. So I picked those up for about $60 cheaper than the Canadian price. I figured the reduced price would make these shoes a worthwhile experiment.

I also wanted to try out a Nike Pegasus 31 – the toe to heel differences and other changes they have made from the 30s could significantly change the shoe and the 20% shoe sale Scheels had on top of the difference between US and Canadian prices means I was able to pick up a pair for $55 less than the current Canadian price.

Interesting thing with the 31 over the 30 was that the toe box was a lot tighter – on the 30s (and many previous versions) I use a 12 and can work with a 12.5 but with the 31 the 12s were just way too tight around the toes for me. Unfortunately Scheels didn’t have a 12.5 to try but they did have a 13 which might be a bit big but seems ok. So it looks like the 31s run 0.5-1 shoe size tighter than what they had been for the 30s (so you could need 0.5 to 1 shoe size greater than previous versions).

I walked into the store wearing a pair of 29s and I could immediately notice the changes for the toe – heel height – I am very interested to see how this will affect my runs. I will be testing these soon.

Scheels also had a new store opened up in Grand Forks (in the Columbia Mall) just recently and they were running grand opening specials there that included 20% off shoes – and they had a pair of Pegasus 30s in my size (12 for this version of the shoe) …so I picked up a pair of those as well. Funny thing this pair is now my 4th set of the exact same colour pattern – 3rd pair is my current treadmill set, 2nd got me through Goofy Challenge in January (and are now my yard shoes) and first set was for training last fall (and my Goofy Challenge backups / walking around pair).

So I came out of this trip with 2 shoes to experiment with and a known quantity…all for less than 2 pairs would have cost me in Canada – in the end the price difference paid for the hotel room for the night (and my wife got to do some shopping as well).  All in all, a productive trip!

If both the Pegasus 31s and the Structure 17s work out, this gives me enough shoes to make it through my summer and fall training into the Dopey Challenge with some room to spare. So shouldn’t need to buy any more until after the Dopey is done!

Nike Pegasus 30, 31 and Structure 17

Nike Pegasus 30, 31 and Structure 17

 

 

New shoes – Nike Pegasus+ 29 – royal blue and crimson

Looks like I managed to score a heck of a deal at Scheels in Fargo, ND on our roadtrip this weekend.

As I indicated in the post: http://biggoofyrunner.com/new-shoes-nike-pegasus-29-and-what-has-happened-running-room/ I have been using Nike Pegasus shoes for quite some time for my running (almost continually back to 2002 with the occassional testing out of different shoes and brands) – I like the feel and they just seem to work for me.

They have been doing some odd things with the colours starting with the burn out your retinas yellow/green they introduced around the time of the 2012 Olympics and then with the 29 series seeming to change colours every  couple of months.  For example my current running pair that I got back in February is black with some bright blue – not too bad looking but they seemed to almost immediately discontinue that shoe and move into something different.  I was able to find a second pair as a backup through SportChek for about $30 off online (so closer to $100) but wasn’t able to find a second of the same colour scheme in store anywhere.

I was watching the various colour schemes and it looked like Running Room had the scarey yellow/green back (after it being gone) and then 2 other colour schemes but only the yellow/green were available in my size.  SportChek seemed to have other colours (including a bright red one and a black one with the Nike stripe being the scarey yellow/green).  I could deal with the scarey colour stripe but when they had a shoe sale a couple weeks ago when we were in getting shoes for my son I checked and they didn’t have any in my size.

It wasn’t in a rush yet to get new shoes but I knew I was going to need some soon – the current pair was getting near the end of their life, the gortex versions I wear to work weren’t as comforable any more (especially when compared to the non gortex ones) and I knew I was going to have to start running outside as soon as the weather allowed it.  I don’t like to bring my outdoor runners onto the treadmill so I figured my spare pair would be the outdoor pair soon and my current treadmill ones would be moved off to being a pair for going to work as they still have some life and are in good enough condition for work.  This would leave me with a hole for running on the treadmill – so I knew I was going to have to watch shoe prices and jump on a colour scheme I could live with whenever the price was something I was willing to pay.  Pegasus regularly sell for $130 here in Canada ($100 in the US) but I have been able to find them on sale for closer to $100, so that is what I was waiting for.

As I indicated in a previous post (http://biggoofyrunner.com/april-21-2013-sunday/) we went on a roadtrip to Fargo over the weekend and ended up in Scheels while we were there and I decided to check on availability and colours while we were there.  First thing we hit in the store was the mens’ shoes area and saw that they had the black ones with the scarey yellow/green stripe for $100 – I could accept that cost and the colour combo so I decided to get a pair but first we would do a tour and come back at the end.  The store is massive and we hadn’t been in this one before so we thought we would do a tour before we bought anything.

During the tour we found the discounted shoes area – the shoes there were half off the regular price and then on top of that they were running a discount to take 20% off the lowest marked price.  I did spot some Pegasus in the mix but not in my size initially but as I kept digging I ended up finding 2 pairs in my size, both royal blue with crimson stripe and insole.  For the price I could live with the colours especially to be used on the treadmill and as outdoor runners…but maybe not for work.  So in the end both pairs cost me well under $90 (including tax).

I just checked in the past half hour or so and Running Room actually now has these in stock for my size (they seem to have them now but yet this colour version seems to have been discontinued in the US? Obviously Nike is doing some playing around with the colours of the shoes – this is also one of the models that you can use their new +ID system on, but in the US only) for $130 before taxes.  So definitely had a major score there.

This means that I will be moving my current treadmill pair to be my work pair, my gortex pair(s) are being moved to the garage to be used when I do yard work this summer and I will using one of these new pairs to be my new treadmill pair.  The other new pair will become my new outdoor runners.  This will also leave me a spare pair of the black with blue stripe type to use as a new work pair if the there is less life left in my current treadmill pair than I think.  It’s good to have a plan.