Book: Never Too Late (Brier Hospital) by Lawrence Gold, M.D.categories: Book, Marathon, Agism, Destiny, Running, Boston Marathon, Determination
Lawrence Gold, M.D.about this book: How many of us 'what-if' ourselves based on early life decisions. So, too it is with Izzy Kramer, a 60 year old psychiatrist who, as a teenager was encouraged to run. She'd been discouraged in this pursuit by the times, and by her mother.
Now, at age 60, Izzy, on a lark, runs with her daughter in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco.
The race reawakens her desire to run, but is it too late.
When she commits to running and eventually the marathon, people are amazed by her success.
After multiple rejections, Izzy finds a running coach who will take her seriously.
When she wins, the public either embraces her success or questions her honesty.
Multiple complications and barriers stand in Izzy's way. Will she overcome them all and run in the Boston Marathon?
From a 5 star review:
The author writes a story that makes you realize that is 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. Mr. 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.
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