I took a trip to a local Sports resale shop and found this on sale for $40. I've never used a heart rate monitor before and the idea of wearing a nylon strap around my chest while running doesn't sound too appealing. So this seemed perfect, but it may be too good to be true. I will be trying it on my run tonight and if I'm not happy with it, I can return it for a full refund within 30 days.
I did try it last night a little bit before going to sleep and my heart rate was 80 bpm. Anything between 50-100 is considered "normal" for a "normal" person. Extremely fit people, like Lance Armstrong, have resting heart rates in the 30-35 bpm range.