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last posted June 20, 2014, 3:25 p.m.
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Current Read: Second Wind: One Woman's Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents by Cami Ostman

Now that I'm not teaching, I'm trying to get back to setting aside time for some leisure reading. I picked this book up because the cover caught my attention. I'm about 1/4 the way in and it's a great book. It's a good meditation on running, independence, and overcoming self-doubt. The self-doubt piece is especially helpful for me as I'm trying to wrap up my PhD.


In my reading today, the author just completed her first marathon by herself (without her running partner/husband) in a small (31 participant) marathon in Australia. The description of her internal dialogue and struggle definitely struck a nerve within myself. I can totally identify with her emotions as I find myself looking at the past 7 years of doctoral study... Finishing this degree is equivalent to my first marathon. The way this woman writes just speaks to my soul... to the point that I found myself struggling to hold back tears when she triumphantly crossed the finished line! Time to go work on getting closer to my finish line...