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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sole Sister's-Book Review

According to Philly based authors Jennifer Lin and Susan Warner the running boom for women is 11 million strong. That is a lot of potential "Sole Sisters" to read this book.  It is worth a read because it tells some amazing stories of some amazing running groups and individual runners, women they call "Sole Sisters."

Imagine being banned from your high school running track or not being able to buy running clothes because so few women ran. Chery Treworgy does not have to remember. The stand out runner started running in High School where she was banned from the track and went on to run for the University of Indiana. She made it to the 1984 Olympic trails. She would later see daughter Shalane Flanagan compete in the Olympics.
One of the great women's running groups featured is the running Jane's. A group of mom's with young kids that meet every morning at 5 am before they get the kids off to school.  The group started as a fundraising prize. One woman called begging to be in the group and became an elite local runner. Other moms were helped by group members through cancer and divorce. It is inspiring to read about the bond formed and the way they supported each other.

Individual runners are profiled as well, like Marion the "Flying Nun" encouraged by her niece to take up running.  She started running as an adult and competed at the 1984 Marathon Olympic trails.

Grete Waitz is profiled with the story of her first New York Marathon win. It was here first marathon and she had never won that far. She was not even sure how far she was on the course since she did not know the conversion from miles to meters. Even though in-experienced she won.  She was so mad at her husband for making her enter the race, she threw a shoe and him and vowed never to run the distance again. She ran countless marathons after that, becoming one of the greatest women's distance runners of all time.

True sister's Catherine and Anastasia  Ndereba ran to school and back each day and home and back to school for lunch. Twelve miles every day, five days a week. If you recognize the name, it is because Kenyan Catherine Ndereba  is a Boston Marathon champ and one of the best runners in the world.  The sisters are close and Catherine is helping Anastasia to take her place on the world running stage as well. Catherine lives in the U.S to train, far away from her husband and child. It is one of the sacrifices she has made to excel in running.

Lots of great stories to inspire in this book. I finished most of it on the plane from Milwaukee to Dallas.
I hope you enjoy it and are as inspired by it as I was.

Author at National Duathlon Championship 2013 Tucson Az

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. And was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in PontevedreSpain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in DallasTexas.

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

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 150 members in 29 states. We also have members inAustraliaCanadaVietnamTurkeyFinland 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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