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").

Thursday, April 18, 2013

In the pool

First time we did a workout in the pool. I'm still trying to figure out how I log "pool water" in my food journal. I don't know if there's sodium in pool water, but I do know that I retained quite a bit of it. You know you've swallowed a lot of water when the trainer drops a garden hose into the pool to keep it full while you're working out in it.

At first, I thought I was doing pretty good with the foam barbells. It was hard, but I was nailing it. Then we do some noodle racing, and I was working that noddle pretty well, I thought. Then Rick asked me to swim two laps ... that's a lot of dog paddling (I'm not a very good swimmer and the dog paddle is my go-to stroke). The hardest part was "treading water" with EJ. I don't know how to do it. I tried dog paddling, but I was swallowing a lot of water. I kicked my feet furiously as if I were on an underwater bicycle ... but I sank like a stone anyway. As I filled up with pool water, I must have been getting heavier too, because I am not very buoyant. Isn't fat supposed to float? Mine doesn't.

The worst part is that I couldn't tell how much sweating I did ...

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