The Creative Runner

It's not uncommon to find me rushing in the door from a run, scrambling to find a piece of paper to write on. That's just how it is with me and running - when I'm out there, all of a sudden I start to think of all these crazy ideas that never occurred to me before. I think I've come up with some of my most creative ideas when running - having an iPhone on a run with me is counter productive because I'm constantly having to stop to scribble down a note. run

And so while I've always known this to be the case, I was really intrigued to find out that there are actually people out there who research the science behind running and creativity. Apparently it's a common phenomenon - more likely to happen to women the men for some reason - and it's called Transient Hypofrontality.

(If you're asking why I just recently "happened" upon this bit of information it's because I was interviewing this woman for an article I was writing on iRun when the topic came up.)

Essentially what happens is, your frontal lobes, the areas of your brain that make all your day to day decisions (read: keep track of your to do list!,) shut down after a certain amount of exercise. According to the research, this frees up other areas of your brain to send signals which are otherwise overpowered by the stress and tasks of your day to day life.

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It's just such a good thing to reinforce the general need to run - or at least do some form of endurance exercise) because, I don't know about you, but I should take every opportunity I can to rest my busy brain.

Do you ever find you get creative when you run? When do you come up with your most creative ideas?