Running is a Privilege


Here at Boobs on the Run we know the running journey isn’t necessarily going to be straightforward. It can be a long, hard slog putting one foot in front of the other and there may be times it feels like one step forward and two steps back. You may want to give it up. And if you do, don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

So what are some of the things we can do when it all feels like too much? We’ve spoken before about how to stay accountable to help make running a routine. But what about feeling grateful?  

Running is a privilege. More than likely there is someone in your life who can’t run maybe your best friend has an arthritic hip or your brother broke his knee in a snowboarding accident. There are so many people out there who are young and fit but have been told by a doctor they can never ever run again for a variety of reasons.

Why be grateful? Late American Author William Arthur Boyd says,

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”  

And spiritual author Eckhart Tolle wrote,

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

When that negative self-talk starts up about how running is too hard or you are too slow or not fit enough, take a moment to change that dialogue. Be mindful and think, “I’m lucky to be running.” It might just help you get out the door.

Our friends at iMove Physiotherapy also talk about running as a privilege, although in a slightly different way. “Running is a privilege,” says co-owner of iMove, Michael Rizk. “You can’t just run without consequence. Running is natural but it’s natural in an optimum body. If you’re sitting at a desk for eight hours a day or just given birth and then go run on concrete four times a week, there’s going to be a consequence.”

Michael is a physiotherapist who specialises in runners. He urges everyone to prioritise strength training and make sure to get any niggles checked out by a healthcare professional. “At iMove our passion is running,” he continues. “We love helping runners to achieve their goals. However, we end up seeing people way too late after an injury has set in.”

It’s usually at this stage when Michael explains to his injured patient about why running is a privilege. He then creates a program that can be accessed on a mobile app that includes five to ten minutes of foam rolling, strength work and specific exercises. “We encourage everyone to get in before or very early in their running journey for one or two consults so we can identify the specifics of your running body and what we can do to prevent the dreaded niggles."

So the next time you got for a run, no matter your speed or distance, think grateful thoughts. You’ll feel better for it.

Further Reading

iMove’s video on Running is a Privilege:

Mind Body Green article You've Heard Gratitude Is Good For You. Here's What Science Says”

News Discovery article “Does Gratitude bring you happiness?”