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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Meet Team CMT Member Dr. Robert Chetlin

You might not ever see Dr. Chetlin wearing a Team CMT singlet in a race, but he is one of the most important members of our team.

Dr. Chetlin is an Exercise Physiologist on the Occupational Therapy faculty of the West Virginia School of Medicine. (WVU) He teaches Clinical Anatomy, Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology to the first-year OT students. Dr. Chetlin earned both his Masters and PhD degrees in Exercise Physiology from the WVU School of Medicine. He is a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He holds professional accreditation as a Health and Fitness Instructor (HFI) through ACSM, and as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through NSCA. Dr. Chetlin is also a reviewer for scientific journals including Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Strength and Conditioning Journal. His funded research interests involve examining the effects of nutritional supplementation and exercise training in patients with a variety of neuromuscular diseases. He has published his work in several peer-reviewed research journals. In 2004, Dr. Chetlin was recognized for his contribution to improving the lives of patients with peripheral neuropathy, when he received The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Foundation Award for Distinguished Service.
Dr Robert Chetlin, PhD, CSCS, HFI, has co-authored two articles that were published in the Stength and Conditioning Journal. The two articles focused on the current issues with elite athletes, and Anabolic - androgenic steroids. A third article co-authored with Smith, Gutman, Yeater, and Alway addressed the effects of exercise and creatine on myosin heavy chain isoform compostiion in the vastus lateralis muscle of patients with CMT. Dr. Chetlin also severs as an advisor to the National CMT Resource Center. Dr. Chetlin was recognized for his contribution to improving the lives of patients with peripheral neuropathy, when he received The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Foundation Award for Distinguished Service. Dr. Chetlin is also the exercise advisor to Team CMT members Joyce Kelly, Richard Cook and Chris Wodke.
Dr. Chetlin has advised me on my training plan for Boston
Dr. Chetlin next research project will study the adaptive effects of exercise on transgenic rats . Transgenic rats are those that have been genetically modified to have CMT1A, the most common form of CMT. The rats will be regularly exercised on a specialized training device called a dynamometer. In conjunction with Dr. Brent Baker of the Centers for Disease Control – National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC-NIOSH), Dr. Chetlin will analyze performance and clinical imagery (i.e. ultrasound) to see if these animals respond positively to the exercise stimulus. In addition, Dr. Chetlin and Dr. Baker will examine the proteins, genes, and other biomarkers of muscle and myelin (the fatty nerve covering affected in CMT) to determine, at the cellular level, the extent to which exercise produces positive changes. This information may eventually prove useful in determining how much exercise might benefit those persons with CMT who are still capable of exercising, as well as how hard patients should exercise, and eventually whether other interventions such as certain drugs may make exercise even more effective.

This project is a partnership among several institutions. This is a multi-disciplinary, multi-centered study which includes basic and clinical researchers from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, The West Virginia University Animal Models and Imaging Facility, the CDC-NIOSH, and the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Gottingen, Germany. This kind of broad, multi-disciplinary team is essential to obtaining an appropriate level of funding so this research can continue and build on positive results that are discovered. HNF is thrilled to be a part of this collaboration for it holds the potential to create real change for those living with CMT. The next step in this project is even more exciting. After the animal study is complete, the research will begin studying the effect of exercise on athletes with CMT. Team CMT athletes will particpate in this study.
To learn more about exercise and CMT

Chris Wodke

Founder & Manager Team CMT
http://www.run4cmt.com/


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Two Teams for CMT?



" It's not the beginning or the end of a race that counts, it's what happens in between."- unknown


Team CMT is now working with the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation. It is an exciting time for us because their support is going to take us to a larger stage of raising awareness and research funds.

I am loyal to the CMTA and will continue to work with them. I plan on speaking to the Chicago support group in January about Team CMT and on remaining active in my CMTA support group.
I have nothing but good things to say about the organization and the people I have met through the CMTA. I am grateful for the CMTA members on our team. I have gotten to know many of you and meet a few of you in person. I cherish eveyone on this team, because I live the same struggles all of us with CMT face everyday.

Not everyone sees things from that perspective.  There has been some talk of starting a new team through the CMTA. Anyone on the current team is welcome to move to the CMTA team. There will be no financial support or social media support such as facebook for me. 

That is not meant as a punishment. Running one team has become a partime job and there is no way I can personally support another team. I have limited time and resources and will focus them on Team CMT.

All of my efforts will now be turned to preparing for Boston and helping the HNF affliated team to thrive and grow.  I have a race to train for, sponsors to line up, funds to raise.

What I want us all to focus on is making everyone aware of CMT and in finding treatments and a cure. I feel HNF is the best fit for that.  A parellel effort does not hurt the current Team CMT. I say the more seeds we sow, the greater the reward we will have.  I don't want any battle lines drawn or drama due to move to HNF. We need all of us working toward our mission. Fighting only drains our efforts and dilutes our effectiveness. I don't have the time, energy or inclination to engage in any drama over this change.

I would like everyone of you on the current Team CMT to join us on the HNF supported team. The change will be seamless to you except for the uniform change. I will contact every team member in the next few weeks to ask you to stay with Team CMT. If you choose to leave I will respect your decison.  I will wish you the best of luck with no hard feelings and hope to compete with you at some future event.

Thank you for your time and support this last year. It means more to me than you will ever know. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I'm here for you.

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
http://www.run4cmt.com/

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Boston Training Day 1

" The finish line isn't given, its earned." unknown

Well Monday was day one of my 18 week training program for Boston.  The week did not start well. Sunday night I only got about 2 hours of sleep. I tossed and turned most of the night and was still awake at 3:15 a.m.  I was exhausted but my body just would not sleep even after two doses of tylenol p.m.
I was worn out from all the tossing and turning because my legs were jumpy and I couldn't get comfortable.

It happens to me fairly often, especially on Sunday nights.  I 've sturggled to get to sleep my entire life. It is one of the things that comes with the whole CMT package. There is no one set of symptoms that every person show with CMT.  Issues with sleep are one that can show up...lucky me.

Well the alarm went off at 5:15 and I went through the mental struggle I go through every time I have a sleepless night. My body is telling me it needs sleep and to call in sick. My brain tells me I havn't called in sick in 9 years and you aren't starting now. I was meeting a friend for dinner, so if no work no dinner.  The brain won. Not a good start to the week.

Imagine having to work all day, go to dinner with a friend and come home and do a workout on 2 hours of sleep.  That was nothing compared to the 5 marathons I have run on no sleep.   But starting the week exhausted is not helpful when trying to keep up with a marathon training program.

I was able to get in a 45 min workout on the nordic track and crashed at 8:30 for a fairly good night of sleep.

I wish I could tell you I woke up well rested this morning.  Most mornings when I wake up I feel like I never slept.  Feeling tired is an almost constant companion. Sometimes the fatigue is profound and I still have to go out and run or swim or do whatever is on the training plans. Other days I feel really good and full of energy. I never know what each day will bring. I do know each day no matter how I feel I will tackle whatever challenges the day brings. If that means getting up and going to work on 2 hours sleep or doing a workout I will get it done.  More than most athletes I really earn that finish line.

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
http://www.run4cmt.com/

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Boston Marathon Training Plan

Chris Wodke
http://www.run4cmt.com/


" Live  a life worthy of your calling." Ephesians 4:1

Tomorrow I start my training  for the Boston Marathon on April 18th. I will be running in the Mobility Impaired Divison, representing Team CMT. I will be raising money and awareness about Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disorder.  I could just take it easy now that I've achieved my goal of getting into Boston. Afterall I have 6 hours to finish and my times have been under 5 hours for both marathons this year.

But I don't want to just run at Boston, I want to run well.  I'm not running for myself anymore.  I represent everyone on Team CMT, the HNF and everyone struggling with CMT everyday. I am so lucky to be running at all much less running in an event like the Boston Marathon. My goal is to run as well as I possibly can. I want to train hard, to respect the tremendous honor I've been given. Running and raising awareness has become a calling for me. In April I will have the chance to raise awareness of CMT on  a huge stage. It is estimated  as many as 500,000 spectors line the Boston course. As I run the Boston cours a lot of people will learn about CMT for the first time. One of my friends with CMT told me this week, " We're all counting on you."  It is a hope I  keenly feel and will work hard to fullfill.

So how will I get ready for my race? Boston is a hilly course with the notorious Hearthbreak Hill btween mile 20 and 21. The first 10 miles are down hill. I 've modified my training plan to account for the hills. I am a little aprehensive going into this training since I'm fighting injuries on both my feet. This will be my third marathon in a year. That's a lot to ask of anyone, much less a runner with CMT.  I also have never trained for this early of a marathon. That means I will have many work outs in the cold and dark. I have the choice of snowy cold streets or the treadmill. I will have to balance training hard, but doing so in a way that will allow me to get to the starting line as healthy as possible. Trainig for this race is going to be a mental and physical challenge. One I gladly take on to fullfull my mission of raising funds and awareness for CMT.

I will let you know as the training progress how I am holding up physically and mentally. Here is the training plan;

Boston Marathon Training Plan

Week 1
Monday           3 miles easy
Tuesday           Speed workout
Wed                 3 miles easy
Thursday          5 Mile Tempo
Friday              3 miles easy
Saturday           marathon pace 5 miles
Sunday             long easy 10 miles

Week 2
Monday           3 miles easy
Tuesday           Speed workout
Wed                 3 miles easy
Thursday          5 Mile Tempo
Friday              3 miles easy
Saturday           marathon pace 5 miles
Sunday             long easy 11 miles

Week 3
Monday           3 miles easy
Tuesday           Speed workout
Wed                 3 miles easy
Thursday          4 Mile Tempo
Friday              3 miles easy
Saturday           Easy 6 miles
Sunday             long easy 8 miles

Week 4
Monday           3 miles easy
Tuesday           Speed
Wed                 3 miles easy
Thursday          6 Mile Tempo
Friday              3 miles easy
Saturday           marathon pace 7 miles
Sunday             long easy 13 miles

Week 5
Monday           3 miles easy
Tuesday           Speed workout
Wed                 3 miles easy
Thursday          7 Mile Tempo
Friday              3 miles easy
Saturday           Marathon pace 7 miles
Sunday             long easy 14 miles
Week 6
Monday           3 miles easy
Tuesday           3 x hill, 1 down
Wed                 3 miles easy
Thursday          5 Mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           Marathon Pace 6 miles
Sunday            1 hour 20 minute run

Week 7
Monday           4 mile easy
Tuesday           4 x 800, 400
Wed                 4 mile easy
Thursday          8 Mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           Marathon Pace 7 miles
Sunday             long easy 16 miles

Week 8
Monday           4 mile easy
Tuesday           4 x hill, 1 down
Wed                 4 mile easy
Thursday          6 mile easy
Friday              Rest
Saturday           7 mile easy
Sunday              long easy 12miles

Week 9
Monday           4 mile easy
Tuesday           5 x 800, 400
Wed                 4 mile easy
Thursday          8 mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           marathon pace 7 miles
Sunday             long easy 12 miles

Week 10
Monday           4 mile easy
Tuesday           5 x hill, 2 down
Wed                 4 mile easy
Thursday          6 Mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           5 K race
Sunday             long easy 19 miles

Week 11
Monday           5 mile easy
Tuesday           6 x 800, 400 jog
Wed                 5 mile easy
Thursday          9 Mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           8 mile pace
Sunday             long easy 20 miles

Week 12
Monday           5 mile easy
Tuesday           6 x hill, 2 down
Wed                 5 mile easy
Thursday          6 Mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           10 K race
Sunday              20-25 K

Week 13
Monday           5 mile easy
Tuesday           7 x 800, 400
Wed                 5 mile easy
Thursday          6 Mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           5 mile easy
Sunday            long easy 20 mile

Week 14
Monday           5 mile easy
Tuesday           7 x hill, 3 down
Wednesday      5 mile easy
Thursday          10 Mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           Marathon pace 4 miles
Sunday             long easy 12 miles

Week 15
Monday           5 mile easy
Tuesday           8 x 800, 400
Wednesday      5 mile easy
Thursday          8 Mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           Marathon pace 5 miles
Sunday              long easy 20 miles

Week 16
Monday           5 mile easy
Tuesday           8 x hill, 3 down
Wednesday      5 mile easy
Thursday          6 Mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           marathon pace 4 miles
Sunday             long easy 12 miles

Week 17
Monday           5 mile easy
Tuesday           4 x 800, 400
Wednesday      3 mile easy
Thursday          4 Mile Tempo
Friday              Rest
Saturday           Rest
Sunday             2 mile easy

Week 18
Monday           BOSTON MARATHON!!!!!!


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Friday, December 16, 2011

Team CMT Partners with Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation


While I was in Philadelphia visiting family last week I also squeezed in some Team CMT business. First up was a meeting with Team CMT member Jude Burton. I got to also meet Jude’s adorable daughter 14 month old Harmony.  Jude recently ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon on November 20th as a fund raiser for CMT. So I got to hear about her race and share experiences of being an athlete with CMT. It was really awesome to meet her in person after seeing so many face book posts and exchanging emails.  The best part about starting this team has been meeting athletes from the team.  I never expected the team to grow so large or meet so many other athletes fighting CMT.

I also met with Allison Moore, President and founder of the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation.  After discussions with Allison I have decided to affiliate Team CMT with the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF.)  This was not an easy decision since like many of you on the team with CMT, I am a member of the CMTA. I decided to partner with HNF for the following reasons;

  • The foremost reason is the passion and vision Allison Moore brings to the table. Allison has CMT and at one point in her life was training to run the New York Marathon. She understands the challenges being an athlete with CMT. Even more important she is an enthusiastic supporter of our efforts.  In talking to her I realize our visions are closely aligned.  I think Team CMT and the HNF are a perfect fit.
  • The HNF is offering financial support for team uniforms and web site. I have been funding the team out of my personal resources. HNF help will free up my funds for my training and contributions to CMT research.  I also need additional help in managing this team. We have grown to 62 members and I expect we will grow even larger.  We have grown so large, managing this team has become a part time job.  I feel if I need to turn over management to them at some future date, the team would be in good hands.
  • The HNF is providing much greater exposure and visibility for our team. They have created a tab for Team CMT on the HNF web site. They are also using social media to promote the team.  They will be posting my blog entries and tweeting updates using their social media.   There may be a media day soon in New York for video for the HNF web site.
  • HNF has media greater media connections and visibility. My mission in starting the team was to promote awareness of CMT.  HNF will partner with us to get the story out about the amazing athletes on our team.  This will be especially important as I run the Boston Marathon this year and other team members run Boston or other high profile events in years to come.
  • I support the HNF model of fundraising through athletic events and their support for physical activity by those with CMT.  Their experience in doing fundraising will be helpful.  There has already been talk about HNF helping to put together an event in Richmond next year. Hoping to get many Team CMT members to that event. It would be so great to meet more of you.
  •  My fundraising efforts in Boston will go to fund the research on the effect of exercise on CMT. This study is headed by Dr. Robert Chetlin at the University of West Virginia Medical School. This study is being done in partnership with HNF.

 For most of you on the team the only difference you will see is a new uniform. I hope to have a new design to show you soon.  I expect several team members will debut the new uniform at the race series in Allen Texas on December 31st.  I will be running the half marathon and Team CMT member Morgan Johnson will be running in the 5K.

I am still a member of the CMTA and still raising funds for them. I am grateful for their support and the use of the STAR logo on our current uniform.

 As we move forward I will be contacting each team member to see if you are interested in moving forward with the HNF affiliated team.  We should have the new uniform design soon as well.


Chris Wodke
http://www.run4cmt.com/

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Marathon Recovery Part 2

Well you finished your marathon and followed all the steps I talked about in part 1 on race day.

What next?
The things you do in the weeks following a marathon can help you recover or set you up for an injury.   Here are a few ideas to ease back into working out.

Reverse TrainingBasically run the last three weeks of your training plan in reverse. It’s called a reverse taper. You will gradually get ramped back up. The two days after your marathon should be rest days, just like the two days before your marathon.

Here is an example of how that might look for an Intermediate runner;
Week 1;
Two days of rest, 30 minutes of running alternating with 30 minutes of cross training and a long run of about an hour on the weekend.

Week 2
You can increase the easy runs or cross training days to 45 minutes.  If you feel up to it you can do some very easy speed work.

Week 3
Increase training time to 60 minutes; add both speed work and tempo runs that were equal to what you did three weeks before your marathon.

Cross Training
Don’t jump right back into running every day, even if you had no problems running every day when training for your marathon. This is the time to practice active rest by using activities like swimming, cycling and yoga for the first couple of weeks following your marathon.  Avoid over-doing high impact activities like running.

Food
If you are craving something, eat it, but generally keep your diet healthy and high in complex carbohydrates, just like you did when training.

Racing
You may feel super confident coming off your marathon. Hold off on racing for at least a month unless you are an experienced long distance runner. Jumping back into racing too soon sets you up for an over use injury. 

Sleep
You may be more tired for the first couple of weeks after the marathon.  Get extra rest. I find I need after work naps, especially the first week post marathon. Listen to your body and sleep if you feel tired. My body uses sleep to repair, so I get extra rest post marathon.

Listen to your body. If you are sore post race, hold off on speed work and ease carefully back into your training.   Give your body the rest and time it needs to recover from your marathon.

Chris Wodke
http://www.run4cmt.com/

Monday, November 28, 2011

Team CMT Race News


Dawn Fritzell
It was a great weekend for racing for Team CMT. Dawn Fritzell wins the award for the most races. On Thusday she did a 5 mile Turkey Trot in Appleton and then turned around a few days later and did the Noodleini 15 K in DePere.  She did the Turkey Trot in 41:00 minutes and the 15K  in 1:21.  She said not bad for an old lady. Dawn you looked great too. Dawn is talking about getting her kids involved in a future race.  Looking forward to seeing them race!



Lincoln Stultz finishes his first 10K


Team CMT had a big showing at the Elf Run in Oconomowoc on Sunday November 27th. Lincoln Stultz shown here finishing his first 10K in a time of 1:02, good for 6th in his age group.  Mom Kathy was right behind and the whole family was there to cheer and take pictures. Lincoln runs for his sister Reagan who has CMT. So cool of you Lincoln. Way to go guys. We're proud of you.


Robert Kearney, Cheryl Monnat, Lincoln Stultz, Kathy Stultz, Chris Wodke

Other Team CMT members on hand at the finish to cheer on Kathy and Lincoln were Robert Kearney, Cheryl Monnat and Chris Wodke. Cheryl took 1st place in her age group with a time of 51:52 and Chris took 6th with a ttime of 59:19.  Not bad after finishing a marathon less than a month ago.

Team CMT member Kim Petak ran for Performance Outfitters and took 1st place in her age group with a time of 23:24 and Bill Devlin finish 7th in his age group with a time of 46:56.  I love the RACC winter series because they give medals for the first 10 places.  This was a fast and flat course. Although it was windy and 36F, it was much better than the 20F and windy we had last year.  The RACC puts on a great race series. 

Not to forget our friends in Texas. Team CMT member Morgan Johnson and Joyce Kelly both did an 8 mile Turkey Trot run this weekend in the Dallas area.  Next up for Joyce is the White Rock Half Marathon this weekend. You all in Texas Rock!  Good Luck this weekend Joyce!!!

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager
http://www.run4cmt.com/

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Post Marathon Recovery- Part 1 Race Day

" No matter what hurts at the beginning, by the end of the race something else will hurt worse."- Bob O'Connor

The average runner to finishing a marathon is going to feel some pain race day and for at least a few days after.  There are steps you can take before, during and after the race to minimize discomfort and speed your recovery.  Take these steps to help you feel your best during and after your race;

TrainingThe more prepared you are for your marathon or other long distance race the less sore you will be during and after the race.  Have at least 3 long runs of at least 20 miles on your training plan.   Your training plan should also include speed work, tempo runs and strength training to build endurance. Short your trainig and you will be very sore race day and for days after if you even finish the race. Also practice eating and drinking what you plan to consume on race day. You want to be sure your food intake is well tolerated and can be done smoothly.

Specific Training
Find out what type of course you will be running. If it is hilly you need to train for hills. If there are long downhill stretches you need to add down hill running to your training. Knowing what is on the course will also help you mentally prepare.  I know for instance that the first 10 miles of the Boston Marathon are on a down hill incline. The next 10 miles are rolling hills, with the big hill known as heartbreak hill at mile 21. I have adjusted my training program to include hills and running down hill so I am ready for Boston this April.

Race
Go out easy and stay within your planned pace so you don't over do in the last miles. Stay hydrated with water and sports drink. Also eat food offered on the course or supplment with sport gels and bars.  This replaces electrolyes and other nutrients to help get through the race and set you up for recovery.

Finish
Keep walking as you cross the finish line to keep your blood moving.  Sitting down can cause the blood to pool in your legs increating soreness.  Be sure you walk at least 10 -15 minutes each hour if you can tolerate it. A little later try elevating your legs by proping them up against a wall for 10 minutes. This helps to return blood out of your legs.

Food
You just ran 26.2 miles and you need to re-fuel even if you are not hungry.  Take the food offered at the finish. Many races now are offering food designed to spur recovery.  Grab a bottle of water to help you rehydrate. Drink milk if offered since it has been shown to help with muscle recovery.  Take in some sports drink throughout the day since this will help to replace the carbohydrates, protein and sodium you lost through the race.

Injuries
If you limped into the finish, address any injuries with rest, ice, and elevation. Do not get a massage if you have an injury or at least be careful about massage in that area.  If you came through healthy a massage can be a good idea if you wait at least a couple of hours. Doing it sooner can create more soreness.

Stretching
If you can't get a massage, at least do a good stretch with a roller stick or foam roller.  Stretch slowly and don't force anything. Stay out of the hot tub since heat will aggravate any injuries and impede recovery.

These are just a few of the steps you take the day of the race. In my next post I will talk about some plans for the weeks following your long distance race to get you back running and ready to race again.

Chris Wodke
Team Manager Team CMT
http://www.run4cmt.com/

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I'm thankful for



"Nothing can stop the man with the right attitude from achieveing his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude."  Thomas Jefferson

Running long distance like reaching a goal is largely mental. If you think you can't finish a race or reach a goal you probably won't.  Happiness is largely due to mind set as well. It is amazing how happy you can be when you cultivate an attitude of gratitude.   I know I think about all the things I am grateful for every night as I am falling asleep. Thanksgiving seemed like a good day to share some of them;
  • I'm thankful that despite my CMT, I'm still running and enjoying it. My diagnois has given me a new purpose and joy in my running and I am grateful for it.
  • I'm thankful for my fellow Team CMT members. I can't believe we started with 3 members only 6 months ago.  There are now 61 of us spread out in 16 states and England.  Race by race and event by event you are all making a difference. Still hoping to reach 100 members by this time next year.
  • I am thankful for facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and the internet. It has helped me connect with so many of you on the team, learn your story and share it with others. Your stories are so similar to mine, thanks for sharing them.
  • I'm grateful I am not the only long distance runner out there with CMT.  I had been told so many times people with CMT can't run or shouldn't run, I thought I had to be the only long distance runner out there with CMT. I happy to learn that I am not. Thanks Jude, Joyce and Richard for being an inspiration to me.  Joyce and Richard are both doing marathons this year, thanks for your courage and determination.Thanks triathletes Donna, Joyce and Jess for inspiring me.
  • I am grateful to the total strangers I recurited to be on Team CMT.  You joined just because I asked.  Thanks also for all the teammates running for family members. Not everyone has that support and it makes your willingness to help with our mission very special to all of us.
  • I'm thankful for team member Joyce Kelly. She helped me put together my application package and letter to the Boston Athletic association. I wouldn't be running in Boston next April without her help. And yes I am very grateful to have been accepted to run the Boston Marathon in April.
  • Thanks Joyce for making me do that tri in 106F heat in Denton,Texas while you watched and for thinking that I'm fast. Your comment gives me perspective. See you at Christmas for that half marathon in Allen.
  • I am grateful to the HNF for their interest and promise of financial support for our team. With their help we're going to take our team to the next level in raising awareness of CMT.
  • I'm thankful for teammates Cheryl Monnat and Robert Kearney.  They were at our first race. They will be my entourage in Boston and make sure I get to the starting line on time. Thanks for your unwavering friendship and support and thanks to Robert who has become a hard core runner.
I could go on an on because I have been truly blessed. I my list makes all of your realize things your grateful for in your life. Happy Thanksgiving.

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Team CMT Members run Philadelphia Events





Congradulations to Team CMT members Jude Burton and Charlie Norris. Jude finished the half marathon in 2:49 and Charlie ran the marathon in 4:06.  Both did well in this sold out event and raised a lot of awareness for CMT.   There were 9408 finishers in the half. I don't know the numbers yet for the full marathon.

Also pictured in Michael Falcone. Michael is Charlie's nephew and has CMT. Micheal is also on Team CMT an plays football. Charile used this event to raise money for the CMTA.

I often wonder if we are making a difference. Then this week I read a story in the book "Anyways" about a man who lived in southeastern France in the early 20th century.  He lived along in a barren area that had once had a great forest with it’s own villages.  His life was simple. He went out every day and planted trees.  Year after year for decades he planted trees.  The trees grew into a forest. The forest held the soil attracting other plants, then birds and animals.  Families returned and homes were built.  By the end of the man’s lifetime he had transformed the entire region.

I think that's what we're doing for CMT. Race by race, event by event we're raising awareness and money.  We may make changes in ways we'll never know.  Someone once made a donation to Children's Hospital in Philadelphia. Children's hospital paid for the genetic test that diagnosed my niece. Because of her diagnosis I discovered my own CMT.  Because of my diagnosis and started Team CMT. Charlie told me he is a doer, well so am I and so is everyone on Team CMT.  Jude and Charlie you did good work today.  I am so proud of you. We are all doing good work. I am so proud of all of you!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Marine Corp Marathon Trip Report



" There will be days when I' don't know if I can run a marathon, there will be a life time knowing that I have."- unknown

I traveled with Team CMT teammate Cheryl Monnat to Washington D.C. the last weekend of October. Cheryl was running in the Marine Corp 10K and I was running the marathon.

I don't like big events and have avoided big races like Al's run here in Milwaukee.  But the event was predicted to draw 30,000 runners and 100,000 spectators. I couldn't resist the chance to raise awareness on such a big stage.  MCM has a reputation of being a well organized and fun race and they didn't disappoint. It is a relatively flat course that goes around the Capitol and the monuments. Crowd support was unbelievable. The water and food stops were well stocked and well organized. This race is also extremely popular. It filled in just 23 hours, so I was thankful to be there.

We arrived on Friday morning and went straight to the expo. Pick-up was smooth and easy,  a taste of how the whole event would be run.  The 10K course would start at the mall and run the last 6 miles of the marathon. The marathon started at the Pentagon and finished at the Iwo Jima Memorial.

The evening before the race we got to have dinner with Ruth and Richard Cook. It was great to meet this special couple and we felt like we were long time friends.   We had dinner at a sports bar where the University of West Virginia was playing. Every time they scored all the fans would sing the John Denver song, "Take me home country roads".  Every time I hear that song I am going to think of Ruth and Richard.

I had a great night sleep ( 6 hours) thanks to prescription sleeping pills.  I have only slept one other time before a half or full marathon.  I don't think a sleepless night before a marathon is uncommon, but think about running 26 miles on little or no sleep.  I had also been fighting a number of injuries int the weeks leading up to the race. I woke feeling great and after breakfast announced myself ready to go.

The morning was cold at 34F. The cold made my feed and hands were numb for the first 5 miles.  The race started with an osprey helicopter flyover, a prayer and words of encouragement from Drew Carey. Carey has become a long distance runner and ran MCM as his first. He fired the starting gun and we were off.  It took me nine minutes to get to the starting line.  When we crossed the Potomac to go into D.C. I could see the runners stretched out for miles.

I had decided to just have fun with this run since I already had the time I needed to qualify for Boston. I took a small disposable camera with me to take pictures along the route. I have to say this was the most fun I have ever had running a marathon. It was great to have pictures from along the course.

The crowd support was incredible. Marines manned all the water stops and in many spots cheered us on along the course. At the Lincoln memorial we ran through a tunnel of people, the road so narrow from the crowds, there was room across the course for only a couple of runners.  People were cheering "Go Team CMT".  I tear up just remembering it. 

I did get a little tired at mile 23 and walked for a mile, but felt good and finished in 4:57 ahead of lots of racers.  I got my finisher medal and met Cheryl. Luggage pick up was easy since you were assigned a numbered UPS truck and there was a slot in each truck corresponding to your race number. So typical of the outstanding logistics of the entire event.

The 10 K had a rough start. The bridge over the Potomac was icy and at least one runner fell.  Cheryl had a nice run. She finished in a little over 57 minutes just one week after a half marathon and about a month after her finish at Lakefront marathon.

The best part of the whole day was getting that finisher medal. A marine places the medal on the neck of each finisher. A great finish to a great day. If you want to run a well run big time race, think about Marine Corp. It will be an experience I will carry with me for a lifetime.

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Meet Team CMT member Kim Petak


Kim started running in 1981 just to keep the weight off.  After she trained for a 5 mile race, that really motivated her to want to do more races and has kept her interested in training all these years.  The running is nice for weight control and keeping fit and healthy, but for her the races are the frosting on the cake.  It’s what she really looks forward to, and what motivates her to train.
She is a mom of a 16 year old daughter Julie, and 12 year old son David.  Julie, is a senior at Muskego HS, and is a straight A student.  She’s on the cross country team, the ski race team, and does track.  Basically, one sport ends for her, she gets a couple weeks break and then it’s on to the next sport.  Ski racing will be starting up the beginning of December, and their team has gone to state for the past 5 or 6 years in a row.  It’s a very exciting event to watch.  They wear the race suits, just like the Olympics, and some of the kids are flying down the hills.  
David, who is a 7th grader at Lake Denoon Middle School and is on the cross country team, Chess Team at LDMS, and is in Boy Scouts.  He will be doing ski race team thru the Alpine Valley program called SWAT (Southwest Alpine Team) this year.  
Her  husband, Jeff, is a real estate agent with Realty Executives in Elm Grove. They met at a Badgerland Strider meeting in 1984 and got married in 1990.  They used to do races together and really enjoyed that, but about 5 years ago, Jeff went in for hip pain.  X-rays showed that his cartilage was wearing away, and doctors recommended he give up running.  So now, instead, he does a lot of bike rides, and has done some century rides, too.  He has logged close to 2,000 miles this year on the bike.
Kim is signed up for the Elf Run, and plans on doing the RACC series again this year.  It’s a great event – very well organized and good food.  She likes the notion of doing several races where you have to do well, for the prize at the end of all of them.  Kim ran a sub 4 hour marathon at Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee this year, good enough to qualify for Boston. She also recently took 3rd place in her age group at the Lakefront Discovery run in Milwaukee in November.   She is a busy lady with lots of hobbiles including; downhill skiing, sewing, reading, doing things with my kids.
Kim works at We Energies and I recruited her after Team CMT's first race last year. She had won her age group in the 5K.  I had seen Kim's name for year as an age group winner in area races.  She also races for Performance Outfitters. We are glad to have Kim race for Team CMT. Welcome Kim!


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I knew I could run a marathon when....

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."- Eleanor Roosevelt


Chris Wodke & Cheryl Monnat of Team CMT

I never grew up thinking I would run long distance.  I remember running relay races in grade school and being screamed at for being slow. Plus my knees were prepetually skinned from falls ( all due to the CMT).  Not a good start to a running career.

I was never athletic but always active. I played tag, football and baseball with my brothers.  We rode our bikes everywhere and as long as I didn't compare myself to anyone else I enjoyed being active.

I started running in college to become a better skier, an activity I still do every winter as a member of the Crystal Ridge Ski Patrol.  I started racing after college. I used to tag along with Team CMT member Cheryl Monnat to races. I never remember winning anything and being really slow, but it was fun.  We went often, even competing in a 10 K at Badger State Games.

The first time I won a medal was at a 5K race as part of a conference. It was a really really small race. I won my age group three years in a row and I was hooked.  I became friends with running coach John Herod and talked him into training me. He taught me how to do speed work and tempo runs. I would often place in my age group and even won the womens divison once of a 2 mile race. For the first time in my life I felt like an athlete.

One day as part of my long run, John asked me to run for an hour without my headphones. He said it was important as a runner that I listen to my body. I did it and liked it.  I thought if I can run for an hour without music, I can run a marathon.  I set my sights on running a marathon.  I completed my first marathon in 4 hours and I did it without headphones. Finishing that marathon made me feel like I could accomplish anything.   I've done 5 more and I have that same feelng of accomplishment everytime.  I know I'll get that same feeling again when I cross the finish line at Boston this April.

Finishing marathons has carried over into my whole life.  If I set a goal I know I am going to reach it, whether its running Boston, a project at work, or raising money for CMT.  Most goals are a lot easier than running a marathon without music.

So how did you know you were ready to run your first marathon?

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Team CMT member qualifies for Boston

"The finish line isn't given it's earned"-unknown

Today was a big day for Team CMT. Richard Cook completed the Richmond Marathon in  5hr:57 minutes. Fast enough to qualify him for the mobility impaired divison of the Boston Marathon in 2013.  Richard I look forward to cheering you on. Ruth Cook also completed the half marathon.

Their coach Katie Ayala also a Team CMT member ran with Richard.  Katie will be working on an event next year in Richmond to raise awareness and funds for Team CMT.    Richard has CMT and I known how hard he worked for this one. Ruth had been training for the marathon until she was in a car accident, so she did well finishing the half. I got to meet Richard and Ruth last month when I was in D.C. for the Marine Corp Marathon. I am so proud of both of you and glad you are on our team.

This was a great day to raise awareness for CMT.  There wre expected to be 17,000 runners in the three races run today.  There were racers from 48 states and 14 countries. Imagine how many spectators saw our Team CMT singlets! 

In addition to  our Team CMT members, Kim Fallon of the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation was running to raise money for CMT research. Her sister Allison Moore is founder of the HNF and organized a cheer section for the CMT runners and a post race party.  HNF has asked Team CMT to partner with them to raise money for CMT research. Look for more details in the near future.

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Boston Marathon Acceptance Letter

  

Dear Christine L. Wodke,

This is to notify you that your entry into the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2012 has been accepted, provided that the information you submitted is accurate.

A Confirmation of Acceptance card will be mailed to you via US Postal Service mail in October.

In early April 2012, an official Number Pick-up Card and Welcome Booklet regarding the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and related race week activities will be mailed to you via US Postal Service first class mail. If you do not receive your Number Pick-up Card (required to claim number) and brochure by April 7, please contact our Registration Office at registration@baa.org. Registration related inquiries may also be directed to 508-435-6905.

Note that bib numbers will not be distributed on Race Day. Your travel arrangements should take into account picking up your number at the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston on Friday, April 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 14 or Sunday, April 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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We look forward to seeing you in April! Best of luck in your training!

Sincerely,

Boston Athletic Association











Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Running, triathlons, impaired athlete, paratriathlon, USAT, running and CMT