Thursday, December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas and an Update

"We make plans, but God writes the story of out lives."- K. William Kautz, Author

A couple of people had told me that they were worried because I had not been blogging.  I started a new job in August, joined the board of the Wisconsin Senior Olympics and served as a USAT ambassador. In addition I started taking courses to upgrade my job skills at a local tech school.

So I will give a quick update on the last couple of months

Lake Front Discovery Run
This 5 mile race was part of the local running club championship. It is held Halloween weekend.  The week before I had fallen down three steps in my basement. I was not sure I could even do the race.   The day had 13 miles on my training schedule, so the race would just be a part of that.
 The course was an easy out and back on a bike trail. They seemed very disorganized starting late and having no chip timing.   Because there were club points on the line, I raced as fast as I could.  My knee was sore, but I was able to get in running before the race and with the 5 mile course, I got my training done.  I placed 1st in my age group and then found out there were no age group medals. There was free beer for the runners but no food or other drink provide for non drinkers. I was more than a little disappointed in the event.

Turkey Trot 5 Mile
I signed up because you get a free cinnamon roll at the end and a zipped pull-over instead of a tee shirt. Plus the course was close to home. The day of the race was 27 F, damp and very windy. I almost did not race, but had to do a workout anyway.  I had to wait for the start in my car since there was only a tent for packet pick-up.  I decided it would be a slow easy run. My time was slow and I finished. There were about 2000 in the race and I finished 7th in my age group.

Fort Worth Marathon

At the start of every season, I make plans on the races I plan to do. This year the New York marathon was on the schedule.

Doing a marathon crowds out almost everything else when I am training. The time doing long runs is tremendous.    I focused all of my efforts on getting ready for the race.  I gave up going to the Aquathlon Championship in Miami.

The race was not to be.When I committed to the race I did not realize there was a fundraising requirement.  I am not a great fundraiser.  I have asked friends and family four times to contribute to races. Because I could not make the fundraising minimum I had to drop out of the race. 

Since I had trained for a marathon, I signed up for the Fort Worth Marathon the week after I was supposed to race in New York. It was two loops of a flat course.  It would give me a chance to visit family in Dallas.

My knee was still not doing well from the fall down the stairs. I decided to give it a go to see how it went.  Almost right away I was fighting injuries. My knee hurt and my hip was also tight and sore.  It was about 38 F, damp due to being along a river and very windy.  I did one loop and called it a day at the half marathon.

Not the race I wanted and trained for.  I plan on keeping up with long runs of 13 miles on the weekend to build my base and make another try at the marathon in the future.

Not sure what races I will be doing next year.l It was a bit of a quiet racing year for me due to losing my job in January.  I have a new job now and I am ready to come back strong in 2019.  I will be planing my races over the holidays.

Happy Holidays to all. Here's to a great 2019.

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 2015i, Cozumel in 2016 and Denmark in 2018. In 2018 finishing 5th in the 60 to 64 age group.

 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 and the book “Soup Sundays, A Journey Toward Healthy Eating”.

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 218 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, France, Ireland, 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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