I have a Garmin 305, but honestly, I find it too much of a pain to use for shorter runs. It takes a few minutes to pick up the sat signal, so I'm already a quarter mile down the road by then, and I don't have the patience to download and look at my data for most short runs. If I'm doing a tempo run where I'm concerned about my pace, I just wear my cheapo sports watch. I do like it for longer runs though, and use it for anything over 8 miles or so because it helps me pace myself. I haven't used a foot pod with mine, but find the distance to be very accurate down to about .05 miles in a half marathon.
If you like to listen to music when you run, you might check out the MotoActv. I actually had one for about a month and really liked it, but they dropped the price way down, so I returned it to repurchase for a cheaper price, but then found my Garmin slightly used for $110 and bought that instead. It looks like the MotoActv is going for $165 right now.
Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
5K PR: 23:40
10K PR: 48:57
HM PR: 1:59:37
|34 Days until: Robie Creek Half Marathon