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, October 25, 2013

Winner, winner

Here's a little trick when it comes to selecting a race to run ... if you want to win nice prizes, go to the smaller, lesser-known races. The field is smaller, and the organizers often have really good prizes to give away. Your chances of winning something cool are improved.

Matt, my eleven year old son, and I ran a 5k today. It was really cold and windy, but he chose to do it with me anyway. I really appreciate that he did this with me. He's not got a lot of experience running, but he did this anyway.

We stayed together and did a bit of jog/walk intervals. This is a great way to ease into running. We'd pick a landmark along the path and jog to it. We'd then pick the next landmark and walk to it. Repeat this cycle enough and you'll get through the whole race. Utility poles are great for this purpose.

Not only did I win by getting to run a race with my son, but my son won a really nice bike!

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