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").

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Daft Punk

Just a little warning ... I've got a very special blog entry coming up soon. I've been waiting to write this one since my first week in the program. I've had a goal in mind, and I'm getting close. Don't panic ... it'll be here soon enough. I'm just whetting your appetite.

Now that my stamina has been steadily improving, I'm frequently setting new goals to raise my performance level. For instance, I know I can crank out 300 flights on the stepper. It's hard, but I can do it. I also know that I can jog/run for at least three straight miles (at about an 11:45/mile pace). I feel like the subject of that old "Daft Punk" music video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2cYWfq--Nw) ... harder, better, faster, stronger ... that's me.

What I want to start doing now is improving my time. How long will it take me to run a ten minute mile? (Ok, smart alec ... I know it will take me ten minutes to run a ten minute mile ... I meant "how long will it be before I can run a ten minute mile?") When will I get 100 flights in fifteen minutes? I really want to push the boundaries here.

I'm kind of an old-school video gamer, and have been since the early 80s (I once scored over 1,000,000 on Pac-Man when I was in the eighth grade). Old-school video games were all about getting a high score and putting your initials on the machine. Perhaps I should start carving my initials in the stepper every time I set a personal best. Do you think Tom will mind?

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