Some people probably wouldn't consider running a creative habit. I've read about many artists who take walks to do their thinking. I've read studies about how exercise helps the brain. I know that alone time is important for ideas...running is probably the only time I'm alone during the day. So I see many creative benefits to running.
A couple months ago I reflected on why I thought that some of my habits have been successful and why others have failed. I think I made a pretty good assessment as to why my running habit has been a big failure. To recap--
- Poor planning. I attempted to run 3 days a week. I didn't set the days or a time during the day.
- I wasn't prepared. I thought I'd just put on any old clothes and my current shoes. Newsflash for myself: they make running shoes for a reason, I didn't need expensive ones but I did need a pair.
So great Crystal but right now those sound more like excuses! I thought to really test this, I need to fix those problems and try again. So that's where I'm at. Saturday I went shopping. I bought one pair of shorts for running, a sports bra, one tank top, one long sleeve shirt, and an armband for my phone. I picked up running shoes and a good pair of socks just prior to my 5K back in April. So now I'm prepared.
The other change I made is in my schedule. I've learned through this project that 'everyday' works. So this time I'm running everyday, not three times a week. I'm also trying habit stacking. My daily drawing is going well so I knew I wanted to add in the running either before or after the drawing. I also knew that doing it first thing in the morning is best for me and my schedule. I decided to do the running first since I do the drawing with breakfast. I don't want to be running after eating.
Saturday night I laid out my clothes and shoes by my bed. I filled my water bottle and set it there too. Sunday morning, I started drinking my water and I put on my running clothes. I was out the door within 15 minutes of waking. When I returned, I started my drawing and fixed breakfast.
I now have two days under my belt. Two days starts my chain. XX. Now all I have to do is not break it. My only goal this time is to build the habit of running. It's not about how far I run or how for how long. If you'd like to see my progress, follow me on twitter. I use the runkeeper app and it posts each time I run.