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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review-Running Within

I picked up this book not expecting much. I read lots of books on training for running and triathlon. I read lots of novels with running as part of the story.

I thought this would be another book where I might pick up one or two training ideas.

This book does have training ideas, but it really shines on building the mind-body connection.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Building Your Body-Mind-Spirit Foundation
  • Restructuring Attitudes for True Success
  • Performing with Intent
  • Hurdling Obstacles From Within
  • Running Beyond-Training for Mastery

The authors believe running requires a combination of fitness with harmony of the body, mind and spirit.  The authors tell an athlete how to develop each of these areas so you can perform better and have fun doing it. 
Some of the advise they offer includes:
  • Goal setting
  • Relaxation and visualization techniques
  • Tips for positive affirmations
  • Dealing with setbacks
  • Coping with injuries and fatigue
  • Boosting motivation
  • Pre-race and race strategies
Sometimes I really need to work on the mental side of my training. Sometimes nerves get the better of me. This book combined physical training with how to maximize your mental training for maximum performance.

Usually after I read a book I sell it on Amazon or give it to Goodwill. I am going to be keeping this one on my reference shelf. It is that good and has that many good ideas.

The book is authored by Jerry Lynch and Warren Scott.
 Lynch is a sport psychologist, best selling author and Scott is a physician and elite triathlete.

Give this book a read, I think it will find a permanent place on your bookshelf too!

Chris Wodke at Boston Marathon 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

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 159 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, 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.

Additional Link
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