Thanks for the watch input, I did end up returning the Polar and going with the Garmin Forerunner 205. Something about the GPS sold me - that and the amazing reviews. It looks quite bulky, especially on my dainty female wrist (okay, dainty I am not), but I'll give it a shot.
I went to the gym this a.m. since it was 18 frosty degrees outside in Longmont, CO and I wasn't in the mood to layer up. I ran the hill course for 6.1 miles. What do you think about when you run? I usually think about things I need to do both in the short term (buy milk, call my nephew on his birthday) and in the long term (give back to society, qualify for Boston, get the grout cleaned in the mud room). Usually around 45 minutes into any run, my stomach starts cramping a bit. Usually it's just gas and causes no issue, except odor. Today when I was on the treadmill I was struck by the fact that my music was playing so loud on my iPod I didn't even know if I was farting silently or out loud. Typically on a run on the backroads of Boulder County this wouldn't matter, but today I had people on both sides of me and I just wondered what they heard (and smelled). Mabye nothing, or maybe a lot. Admit it, your mind wanders to crazy things like this when you run, doesn't it?
This would be me if I were a swimmer