Monday, December 24, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 23

Welcome to a very special Christmas episode of 4 Feet Running, episode 23! This week:

- Nice: Nik and Dan and their dogs go for a 3-mile slog down the slushy median of Commonwealth Avenue in Boston

- Naughty: Dan doesn't do so well at it

- Nice: Nik discusses her plans to do not one but possibly three marathons in 2008

- Nice: She also is planning to run various and sundry other races and do an icy New Year's Day ocean plunge

- Naughty: Speaking of things that are cold, Dan is super-grumpy because of bladder issues, traffic, and a startling lack of holiday cheer

- Very naughty: He restores it by trying to peek at his Christmas presents

- Very nice: They read some e-mails and mention some fans' blogs


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 22

Welcome to the 22nd episode of 4 Feet Running with Nik and Dan! This week:

- Nik and Dan go for a 2.5-mile run over the icy streets of Fall River

- Nik gets called "adorable" by the lady at the post office

- There's a great deal of confusion over one of Nik's presents, upon which Dan suddenly cancels Christmas

- They suddenly realize they're living in Mayberry, USA, as they meet lots of friendly people on the street

- Dan describes a pleasant evening of being stuck in stalled traffic for six and a half hours

- They talk neti pots, giant schnauzers and American Gladiators

- Nik and Dan bid farewell to podcasting guru Adam "Zen Runner" Tinkoff


Monday, December 10, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 21

Welcome to the 21st episode of 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan go for a 3-mile run through the winter wonderland that is Fall River's Oak Grove Cemetery

- Dan unveils his new Hal Higdon-approved training plan

- Nik continues to recover capably from her marathon and begins to plan her next running season

- They talk about how nice snow is -- love it or leave it, crabby New Englanders

- But ice is slippery and unpleasant

- They discuss the upcoming Christmas holiday and how Dan's much more into it than Nik is (for reasons which are very sad)

- Nik and Dan also wonder which superhero has the best, or stupidest, super power

- Some very nice people send in some great e-mail


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 20

It's the 20th episode of 4 Feet Running! Hooray! This week:

- Start spreading the news: Nik and Dan run for 2 miles through New York City's Central Park

- They talk about their friend who literally ran away and joined the circus

- Nik feels better after a nasty cold left her in shambles after last week's marathon

- Dan's shoes announce their retirement

- They weigh the merits (culture) and demerits (cost) of living in Manhattan

- Nik and Dan wonder aloud exactly how tall Arnold Schwarzenegger is, given how much controversy there is on the subject

- Other oddities seen: Cirque du Soleil contortionists and ladies in fur coats drinking mimosas well before noon


Sunday, November 25, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 19

Welcome to the 19th episode of 4 Feet Running, and Part 2 of the 2007 Philadelphia Marathon spectacular! It's an extra-special show packed with laughs, heartbreak, adventure, romance, and glory! This week:

- All of Nik's training pays off for the Philly Marathon

- Nik and Dan wait in line at the marathon expo for her race number, an orderly process that devolves into pandemonium in a matter of seconds

- They attend the marathon expo and gather a bunch of swag

- Nik and Dan try out the Sleep Number Bed, as seen on TV

- They collect their thoughts before the big run and get psyched up

- Nik is herded into a group of several thousand people running through downtown Philadelphia

- She sees many of them peeing on downtown Philadelphia's bushes, just right out in the open

- Nik's thorough post-race report includes moments of juggling, beer-drinking, and one furious runner having the "worst day" of his life

- They read feedback from some very nice people


Sunday, November 18, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 18

This is the 18th episode of 4 Feet Running -- and Part 1 of a very special 2-part 2007 Philadelphia Marathon spectacular! This week:

- Nik and Dan travel hundreds of miles across the unforgiving wilderness of suburban Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania

- They discuss, and eat, junk food

- Nik and Dan stop in Scranton, Pa., home of Dunder Mifflin Inc., which because of a snafu doesn't get recorded

- They take a 2-mile run through downtown Philly to get Nik nice and limber

- Nik prepares to run her second 26.2-miler

- It briefly becomes 4 Feet Painting as they get into a highbrow art discussion

- Make sure to listen next week to see how well Nik ran the marathon!


Monday, November 12, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 17

Welcome to the 17th episode of 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Dan runs the Vasque Luv2Run 5K Trail Run on the Charles River in Brighton, Mass.

- Nik sits out the run while she tapers for the Philadelphia Marathon

- Somehow, Dan gets a little lost, which is only the beginning of a highly embarrassing week

- Nik and Dan try to talk like young whippersnappers

- She suffers from an acute case of non-running, work-related crankiness

- Dan introduces this phrase into your vocabulary: "take a digger"

- They discuss their plans for the next few weeks and read e-mail from very nice people


Monday, November 5, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 16

Welcome to the spooky 16th episode of 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan celebrate Halloween with a 2-mile run through Salem, Massachusetts, witch capital of the world

- They see a haunted ghost walk featuring mostly live people

- Nik reveals that she didn't like candy as a kid (no, REALLY)

- Dan's vampiric past gets dragged into the light

- They witness an actual recreation of a witch trial in an actual recreation of a witch dungeon

- Some ghostly spectre scares the whatsit out of Nik

- Dan gets a "psychic reading," and they talk about why psychics are all 100 percent full of crap


Monday, October 29, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 15

Welcome to 4 Feet Running's 15th episode! This week:

- Nik and Dan decide it's a good idea to take the dogs for a 2-mile run in the pouring, freezing rain at night

- They decide that this actually isn't that good an idea

- Dan reveals his running plans post-5K, then steps in several puddles

- Nik worries about whether their Philadelphia hotel will be able to supply oatmeal before her marathon

- Some people yell "Woo hoo" at them

- Nik and Dan at last uncover the answer to the most compelling mystery of our age: "Who's walking who, eh?"

- They talk about weight loss and read feedback from some nice people


Sunday, October 21, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 14

Welcome to the 14th episode of 4 Feet Running! It's a very special episode packed with adventure! This week:

- Dan and Nik run the Catholic Memorial Home 5K Harvest Race and Fun Run (or whatever it's called)

- It's Dan's first-ever 5K distance, and the longest he's ever run -- EVER

- Dan's knee is mysteriously swollen ahead of the race

- Nik has a running week packed with miles, yoga and "fairy cards"

- They discuss the merits of taking a bathroom break before a race, as opposed to taking all over yourself as you run

- Bananas appear in strange places

- Dan survives to run another day despite one crucial error

- They read an e-mail from a very nice person


Sunday, October 14, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 13

This is 4 Feet Running, Episode 13! In this episode:

- Nik and Dan run for 40 minutes through the East Side of Providence

- They come across the Red Bull Soapbox Race, where they meet people with outrageous soapbox racers (very few of which are made with actual soap boxes)

- They talk about Rhode Island drivers and almost get hit by a few

- Nik and Dan again discuss the class system

- Nik continues her marathon training for Philadelphia, and Dan is one week away from his first 5K

- Get an audio tour of the soapbox racer judging

- They read feedback from very nice people


Monday, October 8, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 12

Welcome to the 12th episode of 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan run through beautiful, traffic-plagued Wellesley, Massachusetts

- Celebrity chefs mentioned: Ming Tsai, Rachael Ray, the Barefoot Contessa

- Dan runs his first 2-miler and does OK with hills

- Nik does less OK on a lunch of cookies and soda, which threatens to make an "encore"

- They discuss meteorologists, Twizzlers, kale soup, and clouds of gnats

- They read feedback from lots of nice people


Monday, October 1, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 11

Welcome to 4 Feet Running, Episode 11! In this week's fun-filled episode:

- Nik and Dan hunt zombies in downtown Boston -- yes, zombies

- They find them, and they are rather a sorry lot

- Nik and Dan run for 30 minutes through the financial district, Faneuil Hall, and past South Station

- Dan reveals that he has skipped Week 8 and gone straight for Week 9's jugular

- Nik is still tremendously busy with work, which is putting a damper on her marathon training

- They discuss the various social habits and cultural biases facing people of the undead orientation

- Celebrity spottings aplenty, from world-famous composer John Williams to the guy from "Cheers" who played Carla's husband

- Nik and Dan read lots of e-mail from very nice people


Sunday, September 23, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 10

This is 4 Feet Running, Episode 10! This week:

- It's 12 Feet Running as Nik and Dan take dogs Stanley and Myrna for a 25-minute jog

- Dan breaks his all-time running record at 27 minutes despite running by a bunch of schoolkids

- The dogs' various habits, tricks, and PRs are discussed

- Nik has a great running week, except for the pain in her foot, a full bladder and bloody hand

- Dan suddenly begins to stink pretty bad

- The animals get rubbed with ice

- Nik also runs 17 miles across state lines and talks about eating "mystery meats" as a child at Chinese restaurants

- They read feedback and talk about the social sacrifices you make for being a runner


Sunday, September 16, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 9

Welcome to 4 Feet Running's 9th episode! This week:

- It's a 25-minute jog through downtown Bristol, R.I., the noisiest town, like, ever

- Dan's C25K week 7 is wicked crappy because he gets a side stitch

- Nik's marathon training goes a lot better than last week because her hip is a little better

- They talk about coffee (Dan likes it), waking up early (Dan hates it), dogs (they like them), and drinking cheese (Nik did it)

- Dan finally figures out the mathematical formula for minutes per mile

- Nik knows no long-distance runners who carry as much water as she does

- They reminisce about hanging out in Bristol and Nik beating the crap out of him in chess

- Dan wins 50 bucks in the lottery, which they spend on lobster rolls

- They read feedback from nice people.


Sunday, September 9, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 8

This is Episode 8 of 4 Feet Running! In this episode:

- Nik and Dan go for a 25-minute jog, and he predicts (inaccurately) his own death at the hands of bears or alligators

- They talk about their various attempts to lose weight

- Dan's Couch to 5K Week 6 is going fantastic

- Nik's marathon training isn't as fun, because she has a hurt hip from sitting on her bum too much at work

- One of the cats also keeps stealing her chair

- Nik confesses she doesn't like chouri├žo, which may trigger an international incident with the nation of Portugal


Monday, September 3, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 7

This is the 7th episode of 4 Feet Running with Nik and Dan! This week:

• Nik is exhausted and cranky from lack of sleep, but she still runs Week 7 of the Hal Higdon marathon training program
• Dan is exhausted and cranky from lack of sleep, but he still runs Week 5B of his Couch to 5K program
• They discuss the body's Four Humours: Larry, Moe, Curly, and Shemp
• Several noisy cars run by, and also an ambulance
• Dan's in a "comme ci, comme ca" mood
• Nik describes the interesting sleep-deprivation hallucinations she's having
• You find out what Dan shrieking like a little girl sounds like
• He also mentions Russian circus bears from Michigan
• Then they eat like rich people and read e-mails from nice people

Special Guest Star, live via answering machine: Dan's mom


Sunday, August 26, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 6

Welcome to 4 Feet Running's 6th episode! In this fun-packed installment:

- Nik and Dan take a run by the Great Feast of the Holy Ghost of New England, a major Portuguese feast in downtown Fall River's Kennedy Park
- Dan's C25K Week 5 run becomes Week 5-ish because he's overtired
- Nik talks about her do-it-yourself approach when she first started running
- Dan recounts the story of Queen Isabella of Portugal, her devotion to the poor, and her milk jugs
- Nik describes her weekly training for the Philadelphia Marathon, her new pair of Brooks shoes, and her Clif Bloks
- They wander around the feast, smell some Portuguese food, try to get some free meat, and see a whole bunch more jugs
- Dan asks Nik how much money she'd take to break a leg
- Dan stupidly forgets what the difference is between being blind and deaf
- They apologize again for being too loud in Episode 5
- It's wall-to-wall Portuguese music, including songs by this cat: Jorge Ferreira


Sunday, August 19, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 5

Welcome to episode five of 4 Feet Running! In this installment:

• Nik and Dan forgo their usual routine as she runs the Louie's Race 5K in New Bedford
• They almost sneak into Buttonwood Park Zoo to "pet and ride" the elephants
• Dan spills his coffee a little
• Nik and Dan somehow get lost walking around a square park
• They discuss "Jungle Love" and jungle cats
• Nik successfully runs her 5K, while others run as if being chased by the zombies from "Thriller"
• Some guy may have spit a bit of lettuce on her


Sunday, August 12, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 4

This is 4 Feet Running's 4th episode! In this installment:

• Nik does a great job with her marathon training
• Dan does lousy with his Couch to 5K week four, thanks to The Home Improvement Project That Wouldn't Die
• Nik and Dan run by the Fall River Celebrates America waterfront festival and are shooed away by two huge guys in military fatigues
• Dan reveals that he is actually descended from the Lost City of Atlantis
• Nik coaches him on how to relieve side stitches
• Nik and Dan talk yoga: hot, naked or otherwise
• Phil and Paul get ... uh ... whatever the opposite of a "shout-out" is
• Nik and Dan read feedback from really nice people


Saturday, August 4, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 3

This is the third episode of 4 Feet Running! In this edition:

• Nik continues her marathon training and Dan sweats through 90-plus-degree weather
• Nik may or may not be confused as to how long Dan's Couch to 5K run should be
• They talk about their weight loss goals and how they are different from those people on "The Biggest Loser"
• Nik explains what a Portuguese-American vegetable is
• Dan reads listener feedback from really nice people
• They come to the sad conclusion that they will never be more popular than a naked yoga podcast


Saturday, July 28, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 2

Welcome to the second episode of 4 Feet Running! In this edition:

• Nik gets ill (again) with The Mystery Disease and ends up in the ER
• Dan flounders miserably as he tries to podcast solo
• Later on, though, Nik feels well enough to train with Dan on his Couch to 5K second week run
• Nik keeps going to make up for lost time with her marathon program
• They talk about dogs, their lack of gardening skills, and bagels


Saturday, July 21, 2007

4 Feet Running - Ep. 1

Welcome to Episode 1 of the 4 Feet Running podcast with Nik and Dan! She's an intermediate runner training for her 2nd marathon. He's a beginning runner starting the Couch to 5K program. They're the two great tastes that taste great together.

In this episode:

• we hear a little about Nik and Dan's running histories
• we find out about their goals and how they plan to achieve them
• some old jerk in a Ford Mustang honks and makes an extremely rude comment about Nik's body parts
• they meet a Mystery Lady, and we're not sure who she is or what she was talking about