FROM FIVE STAR REVIEW: The author writes a story that makes you realize that it is never too late to fulfill your dreams. Isabel Kramer found that training for the Boston Marathon was no easy task. Ms. Kramer is a psychiatrist, 60 years of age and had always wanted to be a runner from a teenage. It just seemed that every time Isabel wanted to do something her mother stopped her. Isabel’s high school coach told her mother what a good runner Izzy was. That didn’t matter to Isabel’s mother. Isabel wasn’t allowed to participate. Izzy thought if she could convince her mother to run a marathon with her, she would find out how much fun and how good Izzy was. When Izzy ran she realized how much she loved running. When Izzy decided at the age of 60 to run, she had a hard time to get the coach to help her. He thought she was too OLD to run or train. I believe the author was trying to show that no matter how old or young you are, if you have your heart set on realizing a dream, go for it. Why not? Of course if it is a danger to your health, it’s a very bad idea. If you’re fit and there’s no danger, reach for those stars. Even if you don’t win, you’ve actually won. You’ve won because you didn’t quit. Just like Izzy when she finally ran at the age of 60, did she lose or win? The way I took the author’s story is that it doesn’t matter. You’ve won either way. Dr. Gold wrote a book that you don’t lose interest in. It may bring tears to your eyes, but they are tears of joy. A good book for everyone. It shows that dreams can come true and you have to keep trying. Wonderful book.
Isabel Kramer’s dream of running competitively, frustrated since age seventeen, reveals itself when, on a lark, she joins her daughter in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. Now age sixty, Izzy challenges her misgivings, the sage and well-intentioned advice of family and friends, and prepares for long-distance running.
Izzy, a psychiatrist and professor of psychology at UC Berkeley has no illusions about the likelihood of success and the possibility of injury, but amazingly, she outperforms the running world’s and her own expectations and trains for the Boston Marathon.
Barriers of every type obstruct Izzy’s path to Boston. Can they stop her? Supporters of every age see in her the will and the talent to win, and they joyfully join her in the realization of a destiny too long delayed.
Targeted Age Group: adults
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I practiced internal medicine and nephrology (diseases of the kidney) in Berkeley, California for twenty-three years and served as chief of the department of medicine and family practice.
In 1995, I retired and set sail with my wife Dorlis and Furina, the cat. We cruised Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Canada, and then cruised the US and Canada in a Nordic Tug.
I have fourteen published novels and one non-fiction book, Talking To Your Physician We are back on land beautiful Grass Valley, California.
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