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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Born To Run- Book Review

The book jacket says " A Hidden Tribe, Supeathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen"- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall starts with a question. The author wants the answer to one simple questions:  "Why does my foot hurt."

His quest to recover from injury led him to isolated Copper Canyon in Mexico. Here he  seeks the secret of the Tarahumara Indians. They've honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without injury and seemingly without rest. He tells the story of the Tarahumara who won the Leadville 100, wearing sandals and native dress.  They running is a natural part of their living. It is an extension of their life. They grow up running long distances.  They are "Born To Run."

In the process of doing a story on these Indians he takes readers from Harvard where he seeks help for his injury and across America where he details stories of ultra runners across North America.

The profiled runners assemble in Copper Canyon to pit their skills against the best of the Tarahumara.  The story will remind any runner about the joy of running is the essence of why we run. 

It is an entertaining story that will have you enjoyably turning page after page.  A real pleasure to read.

The author is a former war correspondent for the Associated Press. He is now a contributing editor for Men's Health magazine.   He has written for Esquire, The New York Times, Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal and New York  and is a three time National Magazine Award finalist.


Chris Wodke National Duathlon Championship 2013
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.

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