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").

Monday, June 24, 2013

Names have been changed ...

I'm fortunate to know people who like to run. They've been really helpful. Here's two mini-lessons I've learned recently from two of my running friends. For some reason, I feel compelled to change their names.

Steve Buscemi (not his real name) and I were talking about running and he said something that I thought was pretty insightful. The two worst fears of a runner are 1) nearing the finish line and having nothing left in the tank, and 2) crossing the finish line and having something left in the tank. I like that because it speaks of finding the balance between pushing yourself too much and not pushing yourself hard enough.

Michael W. Smith (also not his real name) and I have run together a few times. He's got a lot of experience and knowledge about running. When we run, he sets a pace just a little faster than I think I can go and I have to labor to keep up. He understands the principle mentioned in the previous paragraph. With his instruction, I've significantly improved my pace and distance several times. I've also run with my mentor under similar circumstances and likewise improved my pace and distance (and since I'm changing names around for the heck of it, we'll say my mentor's name is Steve Wozniak).

Well, this is Sherman (not my real name, but a nod to the boy belonging to Mr. Peabody ... the one with the WABAC machine) signing off for the night. I'll post my weight loss tomorrow (weigh-in is on Tuesday morning for this week).

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