Digital nomad, web designer, techie blogger and charity runner, Kelly Drewett, of Kaydee Web Design, shares her thoughts on how running in the French Alps inspires clarity and creativity in her work.
When did you start running and why?
I’ve run for several years, however because of my digital nomad travelling lifestyle, I’ve had quite a big break. In 2015, inspired by a friend whose mum passed away, I returned to running. Keen to support our friend, a group of us did the 5K Cancer Research run, Race for Life. As we trained, we messaged each other to check in and to boost our motivation. That’s what got me back into running.
Run solo or with a group/club? Prefer to listen to music/podcasts on your run or take in the sounds of nature?
I like to run by myself. My boyfriend runs with me quite a lot as well, and he is quite good because there’s no conversation. I prefer not to talk while I’m running however I do like listening. No music, I listen to nature or my French audio book, as I’m learning French.
What are the 3 top reasons why you love to run?
For fitness. Running makes me sleep better. Running clears my mind. Creativity wise, at times I have a complete creative block. So, I go out running and then I’ll have an ‘A-ha’ moment and know that’s the thing to do. Running gives total clarity, it really does. On the technical side of things, as a web designer, if I’m having a challenge that I can’t solve, running helps me work it out.
What effect does running have on your performance as a business owner?
Running motivates me to get up earlier, much earlier, and it makes me just feel better. A run helps my daily tasks operate a lot better. As well I find I am much keener in my approach to work. Blog posts come out of nowhere when you are running. It’s brilliant. It must be the altitude and fresh air.
How does running impact on your energy levels as you run your business?
Instead of sitting at my computer all day, you know, tapping away, getting outside to run gives you the inspiration and more energy to do a lot more.
Describe the feeling of achieving a PB
It feels good, it feels really good. I want to reach my next goal of a 10K, having recently run 8K and it makes me feel like: “Yes, I’ve done it. I can do it.”
How could you benefit from running with someone who can help you work through your challenges?
This goes back to how an idea pops into my head whilst running. Talking my idea through or developing it and running will help you keep fit and you can learn or resolve an issue at the same time.
Why would you recommend the activity of running to other business owners or executives?
Running makes you feel much better about yourself. It helps you feel less sluggish and it gives you greater clarity of thoughts and actions. You feel energised, organised and fantastic.