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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Book Review- Meb for Mortals

I've followed Meb's career every since I read his first book "Run to Overcome" which is his life story. Meb was an immigrant to this country from Eritrea.

He is the only runner to win the New York and Boston Marathon and medal in the Olympic Marathon.  I was on the course when he won the Boston Marathon in 2014.

So I was really excited to read his book "Meb for Mortals".  This book written with Scott Douglas is loaded with training and racing advise.

The book covers

  • Stretching
  • Strength exercises
  • Advice on recovery
  • Strategies for race day
  • Post race stretches and revovery
  • Training plans for 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon
  • Cross training
  • Thinking and running like Meb
Most of the content will not be new to an experienced runner.  I  am happy if I get one really great pieced of advise out of a book.

Meb tells a story about donuts being served after church.  He didn't have one because he was training for Boston and wanted to make training weight.  He didn't think of skipping the doughnut as a sacrifice but as a choice. He made the decision to choose something better. That has helped me think of food, not in terms of what I am giving up, but rather about making good food choices.

This book would be great for a new runner needing a comprehensive guide to run training and racing.


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 Championship.

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 213 members in 39 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.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon

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