Personally I'm not too "gadgety" when it comes to running. The reason I feel this way is simply because I do not fall into the Garmin owner category, but when I really thought about it, that's not a true statement. I love my iPod shuffle. The battery died on my 3 miler yesterday and it drove me crazy. Second is my old school $6 green wal-mart watch. How that battery has lasted almost 5 years is beyond me. I use gmap-pedometer.com to map out my runs, and runnersworld.com to keep track of my training log. I used to have it on coolrunning.com like alot of the rest of you have mentioned, but also ditched out when it switched over. And then there's the treadmill. I hate it, I love it. It's nice to have an alternative to freezing cold/icy streets/30+mph winds/etc. I also enjoy doing my sprint workouts on the treadmill to accurately track my time and distance. Many of these items will be replaced once I buy my Garmin (hopefully in 2 weeks, if I can PR in my race). Runners truly are a different breed. I won't spend more than $20 on a shirt, but will spend $300+ on a watch. Too funny.
Yesterday after work, I got my booty outside for a run. It's been a good week and a half because I really struggle with the cold. When I left work, it was 57 degrees out, so I decided to swap my tempo run with an easy 3 miles. While I was driving home, I noticed a runner guy in shorts and long sleeves, and decided that should be sufficient for my run. No sooner than 5 minutes into my run, I see a chick decked out in sweatpants, hoodie, and stocking hat. Really? Lady. It's 57 degrees. So I had to chuckle for feeling very B.A.
The other interesting part of my run was also during the first mile. There was a 2 block stretch that still had snow on it. Like 4-6 inches of snow. Hello? Snow, you do realize it's 57 degrees out right, shouldn't you be melting??? But then I realized that I looked like even more of a B.A. running through snow covering my shoes in shorts. Haha. At which point I decided to stop being so cocky because I envisioned myself tumbling down the snow filled sidewalk in shorts and no longer looked quite so B.A. :) The run itself was good 3.02 miles in 25:59 for 8:37 pace. Apparently I really struggle at doing "easy" runs outdoors. I just always want to go fast (for me that is).
Also, is anyone else a Real World/Road Rules Challenge fan? It made my evening to see a new drama/hookup filled episode. Oh when will I ever grow up???