Exploring the book “We Run Up”, a runner’s take on learning to embrace life’s challenges

OK, call me a Dr. Phil basher (I’m referring to Phillip C. McGraw in case you weren’t sure), but frankly his quote that “Life’s a marathon, not a sprint” leads me to think the good doctor is probably not a runner.werunup photo

I am a runner and I can tell you that life is, at times, a marathon,  a sprint, and a relay!

There are situations where we are best served by “keeping on, keeping on”, going the distance at a steady and maintainable pace or  just staying on our path. There are circumstances that demand a “full-speed-and-I-mean-now” response.  There are times when we must  – difficult though it may be – wait for someone to provide support or the means to an end (a hand-off to us)  or times when we are providing the same for someone else (a hand-off from us).

Hey, Doc, if you’re gonna make a sports analogy ya better know the sport!

Which brings me to a book I was fortunate to have found entitled “We Run Up”, by Andrea Sayers and Dennis Reeder.“We Run Up”  is the first book I’ve reviewed in a very long time and it’s a real gem. You know you’re really enjoying a book when you have to make an effort to not devour it in one sitting, choosing instead to savor it and make it last.

The book is subtitled “Learning to embrace life’s challenging moments and what running hills with my dad taught me.” On the one hand, that describes it pretty well , but then again, it could be too easy to dismiss it as a “sports book” and miss out on some truly effective – and easy to implement – concepts.

First of all, this is a gorgeous book, filled with photographs that warm, entice, invigorate, inspire…all of that and more.

It is written from the perspective of the daughter, Andrea Sayers, but isn’t gender-specific in its focus, so it encompasses rather than excludes.

Each chapter is a wonderful bite-sized piece of wisdom which never feels preachy or heavy-handed. The topic is presented, a brief story unfolds, and the salient points (the Ahas”) are high-lighted as a way to focus and remember.

Every time I consider which “Aha” I want to mention, I’m drawn to another, and another but I don’t want to re-write the whole book here! How to decide???

Well, today, I was having some real doubts about an upcoming challenge, and the “Aha” that popped into my head was simply right 0n: “My believing precedes my achieving”.

I was becoming so focused on what I did NOT want to happen that my thoughts and feelings of failure were crowding out anything else. Re-establishing thoughts of success, believing in myself (because I was absolutely prepared for this challenge) was the key for my spirit to first calm down, and then get fired up!


One last thought on the beautiful relationship that Andrea and her father, Dennis Reeder, share – there is no better teacher for our children than a good role model and Dennis most certainly was, and continues to be, just that. Kudos to both father and daughter for their love and respect for one another.

#WeRunUp! indeed!!

About zolfw

I am an avid trail runner and fitness enthusiast, an accomplished cook, a lover of cinema and literature (although I read everything from graphic novels to professional psychology tomes, neither extreme being literature in the strict sense) . I am a retired Health and Wellness Coach. I am a husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
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