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  • Lamar

    I totally agree.  Getting away from the monitor allows you to see and hear things that can spark a new blaze of creative thought.  Really good post.  There is only on thing I don’t agree with. I am not running anywhere, I might get in a smooth power walk. smile

    Sun, April 25, 2010 at 9:30am
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  • Ashley

    Your post reminds me of one of the books on my reading list, The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain.  One of the premises being that exercise is one of the best things we can do for the brain’s longevity.

    Best of luck in your marathon!  Way to go Sam!

    Sun, April 25, 2010 at 11:32am
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  • Flint Hill

    I enjoy your writing style almost as much as your drawing, maybe as much.

    Sun, April 25, 2010 at 12:01pm
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  • Sam Wilson

    *Lamar* ha, I actually agree with you in that everyone should do their own “running” e.g. an exercise that allows creative play. It could be ping-pong.

    *Ashley* that book sounds awesome. You read some good ones.

    *Flint* Thanks sir! I try to keep in mind that reading on the internet is different than on paper (paper isn’t putting out any light). So I try to be terse without being flimsy. I have a terrible habit of endlessly editing things that I wish I could kick. It’s a sign I don’t write enough. Again thanks for the compliment and I hope you are doing terrifically well!

    Sun, April 25, 2010 at 9:53pm
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Jogging (your creativity)

Approached sensibly and with discipline, running is a benefit to your bodily health, but is it even better for your ideas?

A creative exercise

Over the last couple of years, I have grown to regard running as a cornerstone of my creative life. While my legs spin off in one direction, my mind wheels in another. The trajectory, often surprising in its dance, touches and connects concepts in delightful ways.

A vetted habit

Last week I had an opportunity to meet and to discuss in passing my belief with two nice creative gents, Will Gay and Stanley Hainsworth. Stanley is a veteran runner who, as Will explained, helped inspire him to make running a habit. Today, both Stanley and Will regard running as a space to conjure, ponder and refine ideas.

I hated to run for years

My own entrance into running was bumpier, in fact I dreaded or avoided running for years (event after Quint got me started). Then I began signing up for real races. At first 5k races then, much later, longer ones. After five years, I am running my first marathon in just one week. Neat.

Challenge and schedule: keys

The combination of signing up for races and sticking (religiously) to a schedule is key. Be aggressive but be sensible. My first 5k was much harder than any running challenge to date. It gets better and better.

Tips for starting

I hope this helps persuade you to try running even if you’ve tried it with unconvincing results.

  • Identify and sign up for a nearby race
  • Most important: get a schedule
  • Get good shoes (I recommend a runner’s shoe shop)
  • Remember pain is normal and will leave (for me took 3 months)
  • During the initial “hell” phase, listen to music

Why I run

At first it was for the challenge, then for the health… now it’s mostly for the time to explore ideas.

  • I can easily do it anywhere, even on vacation
  • Regimented running yields discipline
  • Miles of running dwarf work woes
  • Baseline mood improves making you happier and more focused
  • Because it is hard, running incentivizes you to get lost in thoughts
  • You perform beyond best expectations, giving you confidence
  • Running allows time to discern if an idea is good


It’s so important to have a habit that brings you away from the monitor and closer to your thoughts. Running has been that for me and, if it’s viable, I’d encourage you to (re)try it.