Yeah, I guess you can. If you click on my training log and then click on an individual workout, and then further click on the map embedded in the workout (for any of the days when I wear my Garmin), you'll see exactly where it is on the map of NYC that my Garmin typically picks up a satellite signal.
|Me, waiting for the satellites to load...|
Let me spare you the effort: if you do this, you won't actually know much about me. Even if you pinpoint my exact corner, you've narrowed it down to one of several large buildings. There are 50 apartments in my building alone, so you've pinpointed me exactly... with an error margin of several hundred apartments. In fact, I'm even including a picture of me with my Garmin at a corner near my apartment just to help you stalk me, if you're so inclined.
I'm not naive to internet safety, but my friend and I did share a chuckle over someone he knows who lives in a less dense area and whose Garmin tracings allow him to see this friend exit out of his front door, head to a running path, and then later return to his exact address.
So, if your plan is to trace my whereabouts in order to use your knowledge for evil, don't bother. I don't have a set schedule. I don't have a set route. I never carry cash or credit cards or other valuables when I run. I don't live alone, so my apartment is still occupied by a roommate (and a dog) when I leave (and I have no valuables, anyway, unless you happen to share my love of Trippen shoes and wear a women's 8.5). Does this make me "safe"? Of course not. That said, these technologies are something to think about. I tend to hide behind the huge scale of New York City, allowing the fact that I'm never really safe to lull me into a false sense of pseudo-security. And certain things I can't compromise on any longer: now that I've tasted the sweet nectar that is the post-run Garmin data-dump, running without one just feels so... primitive. How on earth did I run for nearly a decade without knowing my heart rate? My exact distance to .01m? My calories burned??? Geesh.