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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Running and Going Back to the Beginning

"There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going." -Bevery Sills, Opera Singer

I have not been blogging much the last month because I have been so busy training and racing. Sometimes it is just hard to juggle work, training, racing, writing and taking care of things at home.

I am not sure anyone reads the blog anyways, so it is an easy thing to drop when there are lots of things competing for my time.

I returned to the site that saw the first race for Team CMT. I raced at the Deer Run in Brown Deer on April 29th.  This site was where three team members kicked things off five years ago. This time I did the 5K race.

I am part of the Badgerland Striders local running club championship series. This was the third race in the series of eight races.  At this point I was leading the series, since the woman faster than me had not shown up at the other two races.  Not everyone in the race is signed up for the championship. In fact there are five in the age group. You have to be a club member and complete 4 out of 8 races.  I finished 4th in the other races, but first among club members competing for the championship.

I've calculated that as long as I show up for all the races and place like I usually do, I will win the club championship for my age group. So I had incentive to show up even thought it was windy and in the high 30's.  There is no shelter at the park where the race was held, so I knew things would be a bit chilly.  The race was pretty uneventful and I finished 4th in the age group.  The other woman faster than me competing for the championship did show up and ran a couple of minutes faster than me.  I came and did just what I needed to do and I had fun socializing after the race.

I also signed up for a four race series the Beer Garden 5 K here in Milwaukee. The county sponsors a traveling beer garden that sets up for 6 weeks in local parks. There is beer, food and music. The race goes to four of the sites. The first one was in Juneau Park on May 17th.

The park is on a bluff in downtown Milwaukee overlooking Lake Michigan. It was in the high 50's and windy.  Again the incentive to show up was the points toward the series championship.  The race started on top of the bluff on a bike path, went down the bluff, then turned around and went back up the bluff.  I pushed really hard in this race and finished in 29:41.  Not great but good enough for 4th place again and 3rd for the series. The race entry included a nice pint glass and a root beer.  Another fun race. I feel like the Queen of 4th place.  As the season goes on, perhaps I will get a bit faster.
Running a race really pushes me much more than my normal workout.

I am really looking forward to the rest of the races in both these series.


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 and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Champsionship.

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 210 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. 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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