Scotts's list brings back memories. I still have 2-3 copies of Distance Running News and several of Long Distance Log (those with results from races I ran). And, speaking of LDR, Browning Ross, who compiled it, won the the first road race I ran in - a 15 mile (no one raced 5ks on the road then) in Fishkill NY in May, 1954 (I was 16 years old). At the awards afterwards, Ross had first choice from the table of prizes. He passed on a wrist watch - probably had a drawer full from track meets - and opted for a case of motor oil for his car.
Didn't run another road race until April '61 - a 4 mile handicap which started at McCombs Dam Park, across the street from Yankee Stadium. Olympian Oscar Moore was the scratch man but I figured that even though I had barely started training no one could catch me since they gave me, an unknown, a 5 minute headstart. Oscar Moore didn't (he deserved a better chance) but I barely edged another guy with the maximum headstart.
Mail order shoes: In the mid-'60s I used to buy Tigers from Jeff Johnson in Seal Beach, California in his pre-NIKE days.
Boston Marathon: Didn't run it until 1978, at age 40. Ran 2:33:55 and got 7th in the Masters - and 259th over-all (out of c.6,000). The elites today are even faster than then, but the 2:20s guys have almost disappeared.