I try to live simply, and that philosophy extends to my running. I refuse to spend so much money on such a simple sport, and consequently own very little running gear. I have two pairs of running shorts - one is just a pair of gym shorts. I have a few tech shirts culled from past races. I never get fitted for shoes or get my gait analyzed; I just buy whatever is comfortable and cheap. I never run with heart monitors, hydration packs, headlamps, music or GPS devices. My approach seems to be working, which my PR's on the right will show.
I have nothing against any of these things or the people that use them, mind you, but as I have stated before on my blog, these things shouldn't be thought of as the only way to become a faster runner. Hard work in training will make you better, not a fancy watch the size of a klondike bar.
So guess what I got for Christmas this year:
Not only did I get a new Garmin Forerunner 410 (which appears to have more technology than the original Apollo space program), but I got a Nike +.
Having already set new PR's in various distances in the past two years, including a BQ, I feel like I've proven my point, and I'm kind of looking forward to using these new devices and seeing if they really will make a difference in my quest for a 2nd BQ.