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").

Friday, May 24, 2013


Guess what? I'm a machine! Oh yeah, that's right. I said it. I'm a machine. I have recently realized that my stamina is massively improving. I am capable of working harder and longer than ever before. Just a few weeks ago, my idea of running a mile was to jog for a bit, walk for a bit, jog, walk, jog, etc. But yesterday, for the first time in my life, I ran a mile without stopping once to take a walking break. I was even planning on taking a few such walking breaks, but I discovered that I didn't need them! I was a machine!

On the stair stepper today, I wanted to get 200 flights of stairs in under 40:00 minutes (37:54). Not only did I beat my goal, but I kept going until I hit 300 flights ... in 56:56! Why 300? Well, it seemed like a good, manly number. Upon completion, I stood there on the stepper and yelled, "Then we will fight in the shade!" Gerard Butler would have been very proud, and I'll be rocking similar abs by the time this season is over.

Compare to my first time on the stepper (seven weeks ago): 40 flights in 15:00. I hated that machine because it seemed impossible, but now I'm the machine. It hasn't taken very long for me to make noticeable progress ... and progress is addicting. I'm pushing myself to see what I'll be able to do next. I'm sure it will be cool ... and hopefully it will involve wearing a leather loincloth and waving a spear at pesky Persian invaders.

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