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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580053761
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 734,993
File size: 569 KB

About the Author

Cami Ostman grew up in a depressed Seattle suburban area and attended school with other blue-collar kids. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in education, and from Seattle Pacific University with an MA in marriage and family therapy. She took up running to catch her breath during her divorce. In the process, she discovered the marathon and, ultimately, a new perspective on life that she now shares with others, in therapy and in lectures. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice, and has a special interest in supporting women going through transitional periods as they create experiences that will help them live more authentically and freely.

Ostman currently runs between twenty and forty miles each week as part of her own commitment to self-discovery. She belongs to the Greater Bellingham Running Club, and participates in races as short as five kilometers and as long as 26.2 miles (so far), always running at the back of the pack with her head held high.

Cami Ostman lives in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, Bill Pech, and their dogs, cat and lizard.

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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.