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, September 28, 2014

Another 500

This morning, I took a nice leisurely jaunt with my wife, and I crossed the 1500 mile mark in my running journal.

It took me seven months to log my first 500 miles, five months to get the second, and now four to get this last 500.

When people see this kind of thing, they often say something like "you've got to crazy to do something like that." I assure you that whatever it may be, it is *not* crazy! Crazy would be attempting something like this without the proper coaching, mentoring and training.

I could reach this milestone only through the investment of so many wonderful people ... Michael Thena for installing a love of running, Larry Jackson for pushing me through my first half marathon, Tyrone Wilson for his generosity and instruction, Ashley Sprunger for encouraging me through to my first full marathon and showing me that I could run a sub 9:00 10 miler, Maureen Randall who selflessly pushed me to a new level and helped me obliterate a few PRs, friends from the Fort Wayne Track Club and Winter Warriors who have helped me steadily improve over the past year, my wife Rose, who has done so much for me that I'm overwhelmed by her beautiful spirit, and so many others that I'm going unintentionally to forget to mention.

Of course, there's a special place in my heart for Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner ... without these amazing people, I'd still be an Uncle Fester look-alike sitting on the couch with a bag of Doritios in one hand and a two liter of Pepsi in the other while watching the Lions lose on Sunday.

I may have crossed the 1500 mile threshold today, but I will not allow myself to forget how I got here. To do that would be crazy!

In what has become a tradition for me, after every 500 miles, I watch this music video ... I love this song ...

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