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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Chicken Soup for the Runner's Soul-Book Review

Book Review- Chicken Soup for the Soul
101 Inspirational Stories of Energy, Endurance, and Endorphins
Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, Dean Karnazes

You know a book with Jack Canfield author of Chicken Soup for the Soul is going to be inspirational. Jack Canfield loves to tell inspirational stories in his work as an author and teacher.

Having ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes give it credibility as a runner’s book.

In the middle of winter, good running weather in the Midwest is just a distant memory.
Many of us do get outside to run, but it is not the same experience as a great run the other three seasons.

So if you can’t run the next best thing to a great run is being inspired by the ways that running changes the lives of those who discover its power.

Each chapter is only a few pages making it a great read right before sleep.  A chapter or two is the perfect way to end the day.

The stories are from everyday runners and aspiring Olympians. They include those fighting cancer.

Each chapter starts with an inspirational quote and the author tells their story.  The stories are grouped into the following common themes:

  • Starting Out
  • Running Therapy
  • Camaraderie
  • Comebacks
  • Everyday Adventures
  • Family Ties
  • A Step at a Time
  • Fortitude
  • Interesting Places
  • Moving on to Triathlons

This book is an easy, breezy and fun read!


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 160 members in 32 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
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon

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