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").

Sunday, July 7, 2013


I am a bald man, and with smooth scalp comes great responsibility.

Last year's winner was a cue ball, and I think the season four winner was a skintop. I'm not too sure about the other seasons of FWSW, but I wouldn't be surprised if all the previous winners were also baldies. And of course, there's Rick ... the quintessential glabrous, fit man. There's just something special about being a follically-challenged FWSWer ... we're awesome!

As this season's lone chrome dome contestant, I carry enormous weight on my shoulders. It's a lot of pressure to live up to the lofty standards of those waxed noggins who preceded me. It appears that the non-hirsute of FWSW are also a bit emotional, so I'm going to have to cry in public before the finale. It just comes with the territory of having a shiny pate. I think being depilated makes me a little more aerodynamic as well.

You know what they say about baldness, don't you? It's the phenomenon of having a face that looks so good, it's takes over the entire head.

(Credit the assist to Google for helping me find synonyms for "bald" ... where else do think I got "glabrous" from?)

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