My Strava app even backs up all running data to a google spreadsheet via a Zapier zap. Seeing my activity feed is both a record of achievement, but also a reminder not to get lazy and drop the habit – especially during winter the lure of the warm bed is strong, at 5:30 in the morning, my usual running time.
But on top of all this gadgetry, I record my runs and observations in a paper notebook after each run. And in many a way, I am finding this notebook far more useful than the apps and the technology I am using. Sure, measuring time and distance is important and useful, but writing down how a run went, how it made me feel, makes me reflect and think about it in a way that looking at an app or digital record never does.
Give it a shot, I highly recommend it.