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Monday, January 6, 2014

Boston 3- Week 2 Back to Realty

" The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."- Steve Covey

I spent the holidays with my family in Dallas.  Besides getting to spend time with my brother, sister-in-law and two nephews, I got a break from Wisconsin winter weather.   It was a pretty easy week workout wise because I did not have access to a pool. I ran every other day and walked on the other days, all with my nephews dog Mojo.

I flew back from Dallas last Wednesday night. It was 68 F in the afternoon and I took this picture of  my brother's house.

When I got home I took a picture of my house the next day.

Here is what my workouts for the week looked like and the temperatures.

Sunday- 12/29     Run 2 hours    64F
Monday- 12/30    Walk             46 F
Tuesday -12/31    Run 50 min wts 20 min  51 F
Wednesday- 1/1   Run 75 minutes, bike 45, 68 F
Thursday- 1/2       Rest    14 F
Friday- 1/3           Bike class 90 min, Run 20 minutes    12 F
Saturday-             Swim 60 minutes, weights 20 minutes   30 F

It was such a mental break to be able to get outside and workout. I followed the temperature in Milwaukee and one day it was - 5 F. My nephew asked me why anyone lives in Milwaukee in the winter and I did not have a good answer for him. What was not to like about running in Dallas?  No ice, no snow, sun and perfect temperatures for running.

So it was tough to come back to a foot of snow on my sidewalk and cold, cold temperatures.
I have 16 weeks to go until Boston and that will be my "main thing".  Because of the weather it will be many workouts on the treadmill and swim sessions in a cold pool.

I am also back to work, after having most of December off. I will not get a day off until I fly to Boston in April.  So it is time to focus, the hardest workouts are yet to come as I prepare for Boston.  Back to realty.


Chris Wodke 2013 Duathlon National Championship

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a two time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012  National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team. She will compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete. 

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 141 members in 27 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

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.

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