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").

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Very well done

With all the buildup, you're wondering if the upcoming super blog will be worth it. Despite the high degree of improbability, I have the drive to deliver a great blog entry that day. I might even temporarily turn into a sofa for you.

Last night at the dance studio, I had a number of interesting moments. Most of the regulars hadn't seen me in a while, and some weren't even sure it was me. I got a lot of compliments, and that felt nice. I like getting compliments like "you're looking good" or "wow!" or ... well, you know a good compliment when you hear it.

My all-time favorite compliment that I have ever received came from a coworker (whom I will leave unnamed). She is a very polite, kind and helpful lady who happens to be from another country (which is an important detail). A couple of years ago, we were talking about a project and I started tooting my own horn a bit above my contribution (I'm occasionally known to do that). When I finally stopped talking, she said, "In my country, we are not accustomed to people talking about themselves as if they are great ... but you do it very well." I'm also willing to guess that in her country they don't laugh really loud after receiving that kind of compliment.

In that "talk about myself as if I'm great" vein, let me tell what you I what I did today. I ran a 5k in 30:40, which is almost five minutes faster than my previous personal best! I did some grocery shopping, went home, ate lunch and then went to Spiece and attacked the ladder and the stepper. I did 100 flights of steps and three reps on the ladder (750, 650, 600) which was enough to complete our challenge goal of 7000 feet! I still have 450 flights (out of 1000) of stairs remaining, but I am glad to be rid of the ladder (Rick, please say I'll never have to climb on that thing again). I know it's supposed to be a bit more restful over the weekend, but I needed a productive day if I'm going to make our Monday deadline. Guess what I'm going to be doing tomorrow?

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