QOTD: Do You Prefer Running With or Without Gadgets?

I saw this interview on The Daily Show a few weeks ago, where Jon Stewart interviews Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run a book about the Tarahumara Indians and their ability to run hundreds of kilometres using nothing but a pair of sandals. It’s a fascinating interview—you should definitely watch it—but it does lead to a very interesting question. Are all the gadgets we use for running—from the expensive shoes to the Nike+iPod system, pedometers and GPS trackers—really necessary?

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Or to put it more succinctly, do you use gadgets when running? Or are you old school Tarahumara style? If you do use gadgets, let us know what you run with in comments.

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