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, June 6, 2013


Amazing blog entry is coming up! When you finally get to read it, I promise that you'll feel like you got hit in the head with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.

Prior to coming to Fort Wayne, I lived the life of a nomad. My family has moved fairly often, but for the last seven years we've been in Fort Wayne, and we love it here. I still haven't figured out what to call residents of this fine city. Are we Fort Wayans (like Marlon and Damon)? What about Fort Wayners, Fort Waynites, Fort Waynians, or even Fort Waynie-boppers? I'm just not sure. I've tried asking some of the long-time residents, but when I get to "Waynie-bopper" they stop thinking I'm serious and have yet to answer me.

I've also learned that a lot of significant people claim Fort Wayne as home ... there's Dave Thomas (inventor of Wendy's Frosties), Philo Farnsworth (inventor of TV and inspiration for a Futurama character), Jenna Fischer (Pam of The Office), Carole Lombard (old timey actress I know nothing about), Dick York (the REAL Darrin on Bewitched), Harry Baals (former mayor with a fun-to-say name), and Petra (classic Christian rock band). Even famous fictional people are from my new hometown: Frank Burns (MASH's ferret face) and George Taylor (Charlton Heston's character that kindly asked an ape to remove its darn dirty hand from his person).

Of course, there's the athletes ... a lot of them! There's Rod Woodson (NFL HOF CB), Dottie Collins (inspiration for League of Her Own), Eric Wedge (MLB manager), Lloy Ball (Olympic volleyball player), and at least seven active NFL players.

One day, I'll join that list of famous Fort Waynie-boppers ... and not as an inventor, TV star, politician, or musician ... but as an athlete. I'm working on the athlete part right now. The famous stuff will just have to wait ... but not for long.

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