Second Wind: One Woman's Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents

Second Wind: One Woman's Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents

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by Cami Ostman
     
 

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Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself when an old friend suggests she go for a run to distract her from the grief of her recent divorce. Excited by the clarity

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Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself when an old friend suggests she go for a run to distract her from the grief of her recent divorce. Excited by the clarity of mind and breathing space running offers her, she keeps it up — albeit slowly — and she decides to run seven marathons on seven continents; this becomes Ostman’s vision quest, the thing she turns to during the ups and downs of a new romance and during the hard months and years of redefining herself in the aftermath of the very restrictive, religious-based marriage and life she led up until her divorce. Insightful and uplifting, Second Wind carries the reader along for the ride as Ostman runs her way out of compliance with the patriarchal rules about “being a woman” that long held her captive and into authenticity and self-love. Her adventures — and the personal revelations that accompany them — inspire readers to take chances, find truth in their lives, and learn to listen to the voice inside them that’s been there all along.

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A casual runner finds encouragement from a new romantic partner and makes a pact to run a marathon with him on each continent.

Divorced and facing career uncertainty in her mid-30s, Seattle-based therapist Ostman took up jogging at the suggestion of Bill, a former colleague who was quickly turning into more. Though she enjoyed running, the author was skeptical when Bill asked her to run a marathon with him in Prague. She trained hesitantly, and even using a walk-run method, had a difficult time building mileage. The race had an even more inauspicious start when Ostman and Bill missed the starting line and had to make up two miles on their own at the end. Still, she was infected by the experience—both the travel and the running—and she and Bill, who eventually married, agreed to run a marathon on every continent, which became a grueling and expensive, though ultimately rewarding endeavor. The book is more of a training log than a travel memoir, and the places become almost irrelevant apart from the actual race experience. Australia was lonely, for example—a back-of-the-pack runner, she was by herself for most of the rural course with no runners or other spectators. She earned a personal record in the shadow of Mount Fuji and got sick in Capetown, battling a debilitating stomach bug and the relentless African sun. Just as important as the races are the incredible number of training hours she logged at home, especially after a crime scare shocked the local running community. Although she and Bill embarked on the journey together, with such discrepancies in their pace, she quickly learned that it would be a largely solitary adventure, with levels of both boredom and profound introspection unparalleled by anything she had ever experienced.

Serious runners will relate to the highs and lows of Ostman's training, but her narrow, personal journey offers little in the way of universal resonance.

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ISBN-13:
9781580053075
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
754,472
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.81(d)

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Second Wind 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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Loved taking the journey with her
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I loved this book!! I am a runner and not a very good one at that. I do not do marathons but I run 8K and 10K's and want to try a half. Cami inspired me so much with her will to get up and moving. I started running as a way of coping with many challenges in my life. A bad marriage, divorce, low self esteem and I overcame so much from running and so did she. I trained while reading this book and went from running a 10K in 1 hr and 7 min to 53.32. It is possible to overcome!! Amazing read.
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Jody Hansen More than 1 year ago
Loved reading about her adventures and thoughts about running.
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Cami's story is heart-warming and inspirational. She takes you along on her past of hardships and trials to her renewed insights and adventures. I enjoyed following Cami's quest of running a marathon on the 7 continents. She made me believe that we can all get a "Second Wind" and accomplish our dreams no matter what our age.
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With all the running books profiling male athletes, it's easy for us female runners to feel a bit ignored. Cami Ostman's amazing story resonates with me on so many levels. Middle-aged, divorced, slow runner - those are just a few of the commonalities that drew me into her journey. I hope she writes a sequel! Truly an inspiring story for any runner who found running later in life.