Thoughts on fitness, health, good nutrition ... and running.

Welcome to Bald Man Running, a blog launched by Frank Murphy on January 1, 2015.

In March, 2013 I was selected as a contestant for the sixth season of Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner. Through this amazing program, I learned about good nutrition, sound exercise and accountability. By October, I would lose over 88 pounds (almost 37% of my original weight)! One of the many things I acquired through FWSW was a love for running. You can retrace my weight loss journey and discover how I became a runner by reading those entries labeled "fwsw" ...

Note: Many of the blog entries on this website predate 1/1/2015. Prior to launching BMR, I had written articles for various projects, and I have imported many of them into this blog (labeled "retro").

Sunday, April 14, 2013


I should be going to a birthday party today, but I can't. Ellie, my only daughter, should be fourteen years old today, but she didn't make it past nine days old. She died of a previously undetected and rare heart defect (they told me it affects less than one in a million). One minute I was the proud father of a beautiful baby girl and the next I'm in a state of bewilderment that I still haven't quite resolved.

On this day each year, I make a special effort to tell someone that today is Ellie's birthday. She wasn't here long enough to make many friends, and I feel that if I don't tell somebody then it won't be long before her life is entirely forgotten. It may not make sense, but in a way doing this is one of the very few things I feel that I have left of her.

So, today there are no jokes, no silly stories or no tie-ins to FWSW. I'm just trying to make it to tomorrow. Thank you for listening.

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