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Second Wind: One Woman's Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents Paperback – October 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053075
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cami Ostman is an author, editor, life coach and a licensed marriage and family therapist with publications in her field. She blogs at 7marathons7continents.com and on the psychologytoday.com blogger team. She has appeared in several publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Adventures Northwest, the Mudgee Guardian in Australia, and La Prensa in Chile. Cami is a runner and a dog lover who lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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Cami Ostman is a wonderful writer!
Stephanie
I found this book purely by accident on Sunday afternoon and buried myself in it every opportunity I could.
Edwards
Reading Second Wind, I felt I knew what it must be like to run, to run smoothly, and for a very long time.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Atlanta Reader on February 27, 2011
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The book is well written, and Cami is surely open with her feelings. But if you're a marathoner, don't read Second Wind. It will just sadden you to know that one of our own acts like she does. Cami sets a goal of running a marathon on each of the 7 continents, her "Vision Quest", to help her overcome issues from her past. Unfortunately, Cami has neither the experience nor work ethic in her training to achieve her goal. Each marathon becomes a battle, mired in self pity and blame. She does complete her objective, but only by cheating, writing her own rules (cheating) and with dismal performances.

And what does Cami learn during her Vision Quest? She learns to revel in the "complex person" who she has become, sharing with the reader such keen insights as her shocking discovery that South Africa still has racial issues despite the end of apartheid. She gains a sense of "entitlement to be nurtured by others", which she thinks is a good thing (I'm not making this up). Cami is so enthralled by the concept of being nurtured by others that by the end of the book, the only thing longer than one of her marathons is the list of people she has imposed herself upon - maybe she was giving the little people an opportunity to participate in her Vision Quest.

The 7 continent goal eventually becomes an obsession for Cami - she has a readiness to cut any corner, lean on any person, plus an unwillingness to accept responsibility for poor outcomes or problems. Cami actually blames the economy for the decline in her business, even while taking repeated long trips and vacations - presumably her clients moved on to someone more reliable.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julee Rudolf VINE VOICE on December 21, 2010
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Having been a distance runner for over 25 years now, I wholeheartedly agree with author Cami Ostman's contention that participating in the sport is a great way to cure (mentally at least) what ails you. At one point, she converses with a septuagenarian with over 330 marathons under his belt who took up the sport at age 50, which just goes to show it's never too late to start. Although I would not, could not, (should not) have done what she did (in Prague and Africa, for example, and in several other situations), at times, in order to complete her quest, I respect her for achieving the level of comfort-in-her-own-skin required to do them. The fact that after all is said and done she comes up with (in the intro) some pretty darn good words of wisdom about the distance, "The marathon teaches a person to plan, to dream, to push through hard times, to admire unlikely people, to give up the penchant for perfectionism, and to accept life for the messy endeavor it is," shows that she really gets it.

Best of the book: inspiring quotes that begin each chapter, her devil may care attitude, and hope-that readers who need a little push may be encouraged enough by her story to take up distance running. Second Wind is an inspiring book for women about the mental and physical benefits of distance running. Also good: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami, Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox and The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Maerl on March 27, 2011
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I normally would put a book down before finishing it when it is as bad as this one, but I felt compelled to make sure it really was that bad. And YES, IT WAS. Whiny doesn't come close to describing this woman. If I were her husband, I would have run screaming into the night. There is just so much self-centeredness, psychobabble, and "Internal Bitch"iness one should have to hear about. By the end I was hoping she'd fail in her endeavour; I certainly felt she deserved all the bad things which befell her along the way. NO WAY would I recommend this book. I don't like to waste my money, and I definitely felt that I did.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on November 13, 2010
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Cami Ostman is a wonderful writer! I was laughing, anticipating the next move and refreshed by authenticity as I read Cami's telling of her journey through her seven (plus) marathons around the world. She weaves bits of each culture into the telling of her experience, recounting genuine interactions with old friends, new friends, and strangers whose kindnesses are beyond most words - Cami captures them beautifully. This isn't just a story about running, or marathons, it's about facing who we are as we process through life's biggest challenges physically, relationally and spiritually. Cami spares no details with her honesty, bringing her journey to the level of a personal challenge to the reader. I'm not challenged to run a marathon...but to see what is possible and to push through what it takes to get there, savoring every moment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cyrus Webb TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 8, 2011
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Sometimes it takes a moment in our life where things seem to be off kilter for us to press the reset button and look for a way to get back to ourselves. For Cami Ostman it was the decision to run marathons literally all over the country that became her opportunity to set a goal, take the steps to achieve it and use the experience of the one before to help her in those to come. What happened along the way, however, was the education she got about herself, her abilities and what was possible with hard work, a strong will and dedication.

In SECOND WIND we are able to take the physical journey with her along with the people and experiences she had along the way. This is the kind of book that readers will be able to not just root for her but see themselves in her challenges as well. For me the book was even more so about the opportunity we all have to make each day as productive and awarding as possible. Who would have known that it took globe-trotting the world to understand what one had in the first place.

Cami writes this: "As people, we have aspects so ugly and unhappy that we exile them into silence and obscurity. This serves us for a while, I suppose, as long as we are content with not knowing ourselves well and not being known well by others. For me, once I had moved away from a canned definition of myself provided by church and culture and started to really desire to be known..., it became evident I'd have to know myself intimately. I'd have to get to know my own pace in life, on the trail and off; I'd have to get to know the unappealing parts of me and learn to let them into the light without letting them destroy me; and I'd have to learn to make peace with my memories.
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