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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cudahy Classic 5 Mile Run

Cudahy Classic 5 Mile Race, July 30, 2017

"Every successful person in life began by pursuing a passion usually against all odds." - Robert Kiosaki, author

I had a choice on Sunday. I could do a local triathlon about 40 minutes from home or do a 5 mile run race about 10 minutes from home.

Both were part of a series and points were on the line for both.  I decided to do the run. It would be in the same park and had part of the same course as the Bacon Run 5K I had done the Thursday before.

The run was sponsored by the local running club the Badgerland Striders. It is the oldest race in the State of Wisconsin. When I signed up for the race I thought I needed this race to cement my age group club championship.

One of the races has dropped off the schedule, so I probably could have skipped it, but I am glad I went. I had just an awesome day on the course.

There were two courses at this race, a 5 mile which I was doing and a 10 mile race which was two loops on the 5 mile course. I hate multi loop races. It is tough to have to pass the finish line and see others completing their race. I only needed to do 6 miles for my training, so the 5 mile it was.

I had to get up at 5 am just like a work day to be at the park in time to help set up for packet pick up. I've done this for three races this year and it has been really fun. Plus I get there early and get a great parking spot.

The race started at 7:30 am to hopefully miss some of the summer heat.  From looking at the times in my age group last year, I would need about a 53 minute time to place in the top three. I had done a 5 mile in that time early in the season. My plan was to use the race as an easy training run and try to hit 53 minutes.

I held back and ran easily the first few miles. I was passing people even with the easy pace. I passed a women that looked to be in my age group. Soon she passed me. I increased my speed a bit and passed her. In a few minutes she was passing me. We kept up with this back and forth for about 15 minutes. I  did not want to lose the race by a few seconds because she passed me late in the race. I sped up and worked to put some distance between us. I did not see her again.

The course was mostly on a bike path and grass in the park. Much of it was shaded from the early morning sun keeping things cool. I really enjoyed the scenery and I felt strong.  I ran a negative split and felt strong the entire time. I crossed the finish line in 51:07.

I did not have to wait for the awards ceremony to find out my placement. There was an electronic kiosk where I punched in my number.  I took 3rd in my age group. I had never placed in the top three in a club race before. These races usually draw the best runners.  After so many 4th place finishes it felt really good to break into the top three this week. I have been working hard on my running and it is paying off.  After the race there was a wonderful barbecue with a chance to socialize with local runners. It was just a great day all around. I did a one mile cool down to complete my training for the week and I was home by 10 am.  I got a medal, a great meal and two great tee shirts. Not a bad way to start the day and the week.


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.

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Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 215 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway, Sweden and Ireland. 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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