Tuesday, December 1, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 70

It's Rocky II: Rock Harder as 4 Feet Running takes on the 2009 Philadelphia Marathon and Half-Marathon! This episode:

- Nik is raring to run the full marathon (her sixth) and Dan shrugs toward the half-marathon (his second)

- They stop by the expo for some race swag first

- Due to technical difficulties, there's no live race-day audio, but that doesn't mean there's no drama...

- Dan almost burns down their hotel room and/or almost floods it, all because of green beans

- Nik almost misses the marathon entirely, possibly because of cheese

- Then they can't find their corrals, the race announcer forgets about some runners, Nik and Dan skip the porta-potties, a pacer gets floored, and Dan accidentally goes 100% caffeine cold-turkey (which is BAD)

- Nik is plagued by hunger and thirst in the wilds of Fairmount Park

- Her rationale for eating and drinking all kinds of stuff she shouldn't: "How much more sick could I possibly get?"

- Dan sees nudity

- He runs with his eyes shut in the hopes of taking a brief nap on the road

- Nik continues her PR domination, and Dan just misses it because of a pit-stop

- Uncle Pfitzy is definitely her favorite -- Uncle Higgy's kicked out of the family

- Lousy advice on where to run in Massachusetts and where to eat in Philadelphia

- They make big race plans for next year and read some email from wonderful listeners


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 69

Get two spooky races for the price of one with 4 Feet Running! In this giant-sized week:

- Nik and Dan run the Witch City 5K in Salem -- Nik in devil horns and Dan in his lucha libre mask

- Nik's out for fun, Dan's just hoping not to suffocate in the damn thing

- Gear up with some Brooks and Nike shoe chat, free tech-shirt talk, Halo headband convo

- The wrestling mask is surprisingly comfy and warm when it's cold in New England

- Nik has a great week! Oh wait, did I say great? I meant "not great"

- In case you were wondering which company makes the best ketchup chips, it's Herr's

- Obligatory parasite mention this week: whipworms!

- Some jerky douchebag asshat cuts Nik off on purpose -- some bozo in a yellow shirt

- Some 5-piece living room set books it past Dan going up a hill

- Nik and Dan also run the New Bedford Spooky Run 10K and 5K, respectively, with John from the Poi, Dan's mom, and a bunch of Nik and Dan's friends

- They wish for a Saturday morning cartoon where bad guys turn into monkeys. Someone get on this

- Nik and Dan get psyched up for the Philly races in a couple of weeks

- Too many cool costumes at the races to mention

- Too many PRs to mention -- Nik and Dan get THREE of them between them alone, plus more for John and Dan's mom

- Too much great email to mention from wonderful people


Saturday, October 24, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 68

Think global, run in Connecticut this week with 4 Feet Running! This episode:

- Nik and Dan do the World Wide Festival of Races at the ING Hartford half-marathon and 5K (respectively)

- Hartford is full of cranky people who like to cut in line

- Nik and Dan need to practice their geography to figure out where the races begin -- South? West? Huh?

- Dan helps a guy put on his timing chip

- Nik appears to have pooped her running skirt (but didn't)

- It's not the prettiest race course, but they both have great race times

- Except Dan has a problem with races that cheap out on the 5K timing mats

- Nik finds that the first mile of the half-marathon is a contact sport

- Assorted mayhem on the course: bloody nipples, baby stroller roller-derby, broken legs, impromptu football games

- Dan goes on a running gear shopping spree

- Nik feels weird staring at random people's feet

- They read some great email from wonderful listeners


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 67

Welcome to Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous with 4 Feet Running! This week is chock full of assorted topics:

- Nik and Dan go running in Newport, RI, where there are stray Bernese mountain dogs, wine corks littering the streets, and the resident wealthy eccentrics have personal croissant chefs

- They also have chicken breast on sale

- Nik gets faster in her Frees and breaks a weekly distance record

- Dan is a little faster too, because speedwork is agreeing with him

- He also has a drinking problem (he's addicted to carrying around his fuel belt bottle)

- They're both doing the Worldwide Festival of Races in Hartford next time

- A little about the psychology of goal-achievement with professor Richard Wiseman, and why Dan is always a nervous wreck

- Nik and Dan meet Stanley the German shorthaired pointer's doppelganger

- They discuss Nik's nutritional issues and various fun ironies involving the Paleo diet

- Anyone want some Del's frozen lemonade?

- Two more giveaways in the 4 Feet Running book club -- listen to find out how to win!

- Advice on how to arrive last in a road race

- They get some great feedback from wonderful listeners


Friday, September 18, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 66

It's a do-over, reboot, renewed 4 Feet Running! After a little delay, they're ready to run again. This week:

- Nik and Dan explain where the hell the show has been for a month

- They're in an '80s mood for some reason

- Dan falls into a brief but crippling funk due to the heat, but finds redoing his schedule has improved his mojo

- Nik gets permission from famous listener Petra to revamp her schedule, too

- More grossness: bedbug nests, street trash, plus learn about the fascinating and repulsive life cycle of the hookworm

- Nik's knee issues are much improved thanks to forefoot running, and Dan gives her an elbow in the buttcheek

- They talk about the barefoot running craze and why they're skeptical of some of the more out-there magical claims

- Nik orders and tries out a pair of Nike Frees to help make her more speedy, though they make her toes feel like they've been working out

- Dan doesn't like the Frees because contrary to the name, they cost money

- They read lots of great feedback from listeners

- Special phone call from Hollywood Actor and runner Edward Norton, probably


Monday, August 17, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 65

In the woods, no one can hear 4 Feet Running scream! Not even when they're slowly being bitten to death. This week:

- Even though last time Nik and Dan said they hate the woods, they try it anyway at Massasoit State Park in Taunton, Mass.

- They immediately regret not having brought bug spray

- Quote of the week #1: "So far no murderers. We've been walking for three minutes."

- Quote of the week #2: "You see one tree, you've seen em all."

- Stanley the pointer dog goes for a dip and tries to free himself from his leash

- Dan tries speedwork, strength training (again), and is awful at trail running

- Nik has trouble with the humidity, keeping her blood sugar regulated, and is a mosquito magnet

- Picture the Raiders of the Lost Ark tarantula scene but with mosquitos

- Drinking game: take a shot every time Nik or Dan says: "I HATE THIS!" or "I HATE THE WOODS!" or "I DON'T LIKE THE WOODS!"

- They eventually find a road and run on that instead -- hooray!

- They read email from some great listeners


Sunday, July 26, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 64

Celebrate 2 whole years of 4 Feet Running with Nik and Dan! This week:

- They're actually not at a race for a change -- weird, innit?

- Warning: There's so much gory news in this episode for some reason, it's like CSI: 4 Feet Running

- Updates on Nik's knees and ankles, and why she's not using Uncle Higgy anymore

- Dan remembers his running beginnings and first milestones - He also runs into a telephone pole

- They get to see actual cows (sorry, they forgot to take the camera), and they'll tell you where in Fall River the buffalo roam and the pigeons race

- They look ahead to their next year of running and the races ahead

- Lots of great feedback from wonderful listeners, and a Special Guest Appearance by Carnac the Magnificent and his sidekick Gordon


Saturday, July 11, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 63

It's a family fun-day road race on the 4th of July with 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Meet Dan's mom, who is walking her first-ever road race: the Mattapoisett 5-mile Road Race

- Dan's mom is kind of shy about talking into the mike

- Special guest appearances by John from the Poi and his friend Martin, a former marathoner and current cranberry engineer

- Nik tries to overcome a string of lousy runs, Dan's mom gets tips for a first-time road-racer, and Dan keeps his mom company

- Two stop-lights, a post office, and a lot of friendly people: that's Mattapoisett

- They set up another giveaway in the 4 Feet Running Book Club: Running and Being by Dr. George Sheehan -- listen to find out when!

- Nik realizes one meal of pancakes a day is her limit -- not two

- Dan decides to don the luchador mask for a special 5K road race in October (and possibly a cape)

- Tons of fantastic email from wonderful listeners


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 62

You've rocked -- now let's roll with 4 Feet Running! It's the second half of Nik's San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathravaganza! This week:

- Nik crosses the finish line in beautiful San Diego and gives a full race report on her fifth 26.2-miler, one of her hardest

- Like Elvis? Nik doesn't -- at least not anymore

- Like runny-nosed kids? Nik doesn't -- at least not anymore

- Hear the long and complicated adventure of how they managed to leave the race finish area

- Which would you rather have hurt: your stomach from yucky electrolytes or legs from lack of electrolytes?

- Polyester and sequin jumpsuits, Adidas sandals with socks and walking poles: common San Diego marathon wear

- What did Nik and Dan think of San Diego? "The weather was not what we were promised"

- Nik bids a fond adieu to Uncle Higgy and says hello to Uncle Pfitzy

- Dan loves his mother, but not in a $50-for-a-T-shirt way

- Nik and Dan consider whether a billion dollars is worth being mauled by a bear for

- Another giveaway in the 4 Feet Running Book Club: "Ultramarathon Man" by fellow San Diego marathoner Dean Karnazes

- They get some great feedback from wonderful people

- Stay tuned to the very end for a special dawggie treat


Sunday, June 14, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 61

San Diego -- drink it in with 4 Feet Running! It always goes down smooth. This Part 1 of a 2-part San Diego extravamarathaganza! This week:

- Nik runs her fifth 26.2-miler, the San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathon

- Nik and Dan take a little pre-race jaunt around downtown San Diego, where they do some jogging -- or maybe it's "yogging," it may be a soft J

- Where's all the good weather at? And how'd Dan's beard get so gray?

- They stay at a "haunted" hotel, and as predicted they never hear or see anything

- They run by Petco Park and they don't see or hear anything there, either

- Nik and Dan see tens of thousands of people on race day in Balboa Park, including famous running bloggers Maddy (Maddy Runs) and Alisa (Ambitious Aspirations)

- Nik never ends up making the switch to Pacific time -- it's quite amazing, actually

- But she DOES make the switch to Ininji toe-socks, which feel terrific with sandals

- A little corral-side chit-chat with Nik, Alisa and Maddy about tea, toenails, and "emergency" iPod playlists

- Experience the music of the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon as Nik runs by

- And stay tuned for the next episode where we meet Nik out the race chute, get her race report, and more!


Saturday, June 6, 2009

4 Feet Running - Video 5

We're a little bit on the other side of the country, we're a little bit Rock 'N' Roll: Here's a quick video of Nik's San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathon run!

Results, race report, anecdotes, observations, chit-chat and a whole slew of fun audio coming soon!


Thursday, May 21, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 60

Have a second helping of chicken salad, with Part 2 of 4 Feet Running's Willow Tree chicken salad half-marathon in Providence! This week:

- Dan is struggling around the 7.5 mile mark while Nik is adjusting her knee brace and watching her Garmin Forerunner quickly lose battery power

- No tunnel shoutouts this time: Dan has the abdominal stitch to beat all abdominal stitches

- It's a good, bad, and ugly kind of race but have a great time, despite not getting a space blanket

- They get spotted from listener Tim at the finish line (sorry, it was hard to hear everything, Tim)

- How Nik and Dan's knees have held up since the race

- They read tons of feedback from lots of wonderful people

- It's a Voice-Mail-O-Rama!

- The mystery of why Dan is not the Chi Running guy


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 59

Have a Willow Tree chicken salad sandwich, hold the sandwich, with 4 Feet Running! This is Part 1 of a 2-part half-stravaganza! This week:

- Nik and Dan prepare to run the Willow Tree chicken salad Half-Marathon in Providence, Rhode Island

- If they can ever find the start line

- Little things get in the way, from vomiting dogs to Garmins that won't sleep, from ass-knots to twingey knees

- Take a little trip down memory lane as they remember how Dan got himself into this half-marathon mess

- Nik decides she'll pace Dan for the half so she can see him run double-digits in person (and her knee hurts)

- More tunnel shout-outs than you can shake an underpass at

- Why you shouldn't wear bad shoes even for sitting in a cubicle

- Testicle shout-out! Woo hoo testicles!

- They meet Ron Burgundy's doppelganger standing in the middle of nowhere

- Even though she's broken here and there, Nik is running pretty well, and Dan's having the best run of his life...until, dot-dot-dot...

- Will Dan make it through the rest of the race intact? Will Nik's Garmin keep a charge until the end? And why is someone convinced that Dan is the Chi-Running guru Danny Dreyer? Tune in next time!


Monday, April 27, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 58

Limping a little? Take a walk break with 4 Feet Running. This week:

- Nik, Dan, and the dogs go for a stroll along the East Bay Bike Path in Warren, R.I.

- Apologies for the Rice Krispies crunchiness early in the episode -- microphone trouble

- Nik takes it easy on her knee, which is still smarting from her tussle with a runaway post office

- She has better luck with the bike trainer and yoga, but bad luck in terms of wardrobe choice

- Dan goes for his longest run ever, a 12-miler the week before his half-marathon race

- The difference between horrible crime and whimsical crime

- There's also some consternation about Dan's wardrobe choice

- Another 4 Feet Running Book Club giveaway is announced! Who wants a book full of running tips and dirty pictures? Stay tuned for 5/5 at 5 p.m.

- They read e-mail from some great people, mention a great charity, and do two tunnel shoutouts -- in a REAL tunnel, Gordon


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 57

It's a super-sized 10K by the sea with 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan run the Cohasset 10K Road Race by the Sea

- Where's the race? I dunno ... over there somewhere ... I dunno ...

- They hear the race is supposed to be nice and flat

- It's nice, but only a Himalayan sherpa would think it's flat

- They find where Cohasset, a tony coastal suburb, keeps its antique cuspidor shop and it's all-natural health food store

- Does Nik get her 3rd PR in a row? Will Dan conquer Cohasset? Listen to find out

- They talk about the new 4 Feet Running book club

- They get tons of feedback from lots of wonderful people, including one of the grossest emails ever received

- They plug GoWagon.com and their new monthly challenge for April, Rock Paper Scissors, andthe Trilogy Running challenge

- And tons of other stuff


Monday, March 23, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 56

Third time's the charm with 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik runs the New Bedford Half Marathon for the third time after almost bursting an eyeball the first time and bonking the second time

- It doesn't smell like fish and garbage in lovely New Bedford this year

- Nik's been training like a machine, and so has Dan -- as long as he follows his weird assortment of mojo habits

- Dan's the man-purse and Nik goes bottle-less

- Weirdos spotted in New Bedford: some guy in teeny-weeny shorts, another guy pointing a leaf blower at concrete under a bank drive-thru, a third guy leering at a baby and somebody's wallet

- Nik has a fantastic race, much to everyone's pleasure: See the map, elevation, and more on Garmin Connect!

- They take a quick jaunt around the historical area of New Bedford

- Should runners get a job? Judge for yourself

- Details coming soon about the 4 Feet Running book club!

- They read fantastic feedback from lots of great listeners


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 55

Coming right up: small Philly run with Cheez Whiz, no mushrooms, no onions, and an extra-large order of 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan take a quick weekend trip to Philadelphia to see their family

- Apologies for taking so long between episodes, but there were on bedbug patrol

- Also trying to determine what all of Nik's Gramma's bizarre kitchen implements do

- If you're ever in the City of Brotherly Love, watch out for a Chili's waitress and a hotel valet who shake down Massachusetts tourists for extra big tips

- They take a run up the Rocky stairs (well, Dan tries to, anyway)

- Both Nik and Dan are doing fantastic with their running -- yes, they actually do talk about running

- Monkey-poop coffee is good to the last plop

- Pat's? Geno's? Pfft. Nik and Dan think best steak sandwich is the Portuguese steak sandwich

- They read a mountain of email, with Special Guest Star Gordon


Monday, March 2, 2009

4 Feet Running - Video 4

Have a lovely time with 4 Feet Running's 4th video podcast! This special video was made with an extra little pinch of love for Runcast.tv's February "In Love With Running" event! This week:

- Nik and Dan venture to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, to talk about their relationships with running

- It's a complicated relationship for Nik

- It's also complicated for Dan, and sometimes it hurts


Friday, February 13, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 54

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's 4 Feet Running's Super 5K race! This week:

- Nik and Dan head to beautiful Narragansett, R.I., for the Super 5K

- They prove to be invincible to cold weather, but Nik's kryptonite: rocks in her shoes

- Hammer Nutrition? You CAN touch this

- Dan takes his new Garmin 205 for a spin and loves how it helps his new Uncle Higgy schedule

- "You don't see this many people in tights unless it's a race"

- "The people I run with in races tend to be sort of elderly and a little bit broken-looking"

- It's a battle of the dueling Garmin tracking websites, with MotionBased vs. Garmin Connect(check out both logs to compare & contrast)

- They read tons of great e-mail from wonderful people


Monday, February 2, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 53

Make way for 4 Feet Running! This action-packed week:

- Nik, Dan, and the dogs run 3 miles in Boston's Public Garden and Common

- Nik starts her San Diego Marathon training plan and is liking it, except for a tiny little pain in her shin that comes & goes

- Constant snow and ice keeps frustrating them, and work gets in the way of Dan's running (really, trust me)

- They may have witnessed a horrible crime in the middle of the Public Garden

- The difference between cable exercises and kegel exercises

- Rest In Peace: Dan's NikePlus Sportband. In a related development, Dan gets an early birthday present

- Who would win in a fight: a monkey or a unicorn?

- Want to support the move to get Dan's chubby bum out on the road? Buy your "DAN GO RUN" gear here at Cafe Press

- They read tons of great email from wonderful people


Monday, January 19, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 52

Get ready to freeze your behind off with 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan go for a staggeringly cold 3-miler in Providence (the ritzy part, not the crappy part)

- They discuss Yak Traks, which is appropriate because there's thick ice and snow everywhere

- Dan's got two great new coaches, but his trick knee is acting up again

- Nik does the Core Performance technique but still can't remember the guy's last name

- They wonder why there are multiple words for "stretching" in the fitness world

- Special Guest Star: Lewis from Starbucks, when Nik and Dan warm up with a nice hot mocha

- They take the plunge and actually set up Buckeye Outdoors accounts ... for their dogs

- Great feedback-o-rama from lots of listeners


Friday, January 2, 2009

4 Feet Running - Ep. 51

Ring in 2009 with a double-dip audio-video special of 4 Feet Running for the New Year! This week:

- Nik and Dan are sick with coughs and colds, but are headed out for a run to start the new year right

- They consider giving their dogs Stanley and Myrna their own Buckeye Outdoors accounts

- Santa got them some really cool presents, both running and non-running related

- Nik has the most annoying alarm clock ever invented

- They refuse to be optimistic about 2009

- But they're still making lots of running plans for the next year, from marathons to running plans to Core Performance routines to hopping-and-skipping exercises

- Nik and Dan take a brief look back at their running year that was 2008, and a look ahead at their new challenges for '09

- They get feedback from some fantastic listeners


4 Feet Running - Video 3

4 Feet Running - Video 3