I love to run and tracking my data and stats. I have running data that goes back at least 10 years or more. One thing I have been aware of since the advent of social media is that your data can be used against you. For instance, what you post cannot be truly deleted (servers store data) and location data can be used to find and locate you even when you lock down your privacy settings (triangulation of cell towers for use by law enforcement). My favorite piece of equipment is my Garmin Fenix 3, it’s on me at all times (I’d love to upgrade but not just yet). That data is synced to Garmin Connect and also to Strava. I used to be a huge Runkeeper fan but fell out of love with the app because of issues with the spatial data accuracy during runs (they have seemed to have straightened that out). Ultimately Strava has a huge user base of active athletes from all shapes and sizes. It’s great to see folks posting runs their runs and cycling segments each day. Strava has a unique “king of the hill” mentality that shows you who is the fastest per segments. That being said, you can if given the right circumstances give your usual routes and or share locations to people who want to do harm.
Our military stays sharp and focused by training and in doing so like most athletes track their data. Sometimes their location doesn’t need to be broadcast to the world. That being said I came across an interesting article in the Washington Post about Strava and military sharing locations that have been unknown until recently. Article can be found here: U.S. soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging
So, it’s great to track your fitness data, just be aware of how you share and who you share it with. Here’s tip, if you are in a secret area, tighten your location sharing data on your fitness apps. Somebody somewhere is watching. If nothing else, don’t give the bad guys a roadmap of your base or staging grounds.