Sunday, August 26, 2007

Episode 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

Blogs they talk about:


Download us from the iTunes Store, leave a comment or check us out on Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle, or give us a Digg. And feel free to send us e-mail or leave a comment here!

Thanks for listening, and enjoy!

And scroll down for more pictures from the feast, taken by Nik!

This is St. Anne's Church, a predominately Portuguese Catholic church right across the street from Kennedy Park, where the feast is held.

After a good run, sometimes you've got to go.

These yellow bags are full of beef roasts and Portuguese sweet bread. They're given away at the feast. Much as we like roast beef, we didn't take one--other people need it more.

This is Dan trying to convince Nik that chourico sandwiches and french fries and beer are healthy post-run food.

Vendors sell all kinds of Portuguese stuff at the feast, including these Portuguese music CDs. They are, incredibly, in this day and age, $15 each.

Dan buys a couple of CDs to use in the podcast: an album of folk music and one by Fall River superstar Jorge Ferreira.

There are dozens of traditional pots and bowls used for cooking Portuguese food. You could probably cook other kinds of food in them, too. We didn't ask.

The sun begins to set over Kennedy Park's Holy Ghost Feast decorations. This is the time when the Portuguese bands begin to play--so we quickly left.

Where I Run

I was inspired by Susan and took my camera with me on one of my favorite running routes along Fall River's waterfront.

This is my house. It needs to be painted. So just picture it as a pale green with a cream trim, we do until we can get a chance to tackle that project.
This is a pretty steep hill along North Park that was design by Frederick Law Olmsted. (He's the guy who design Central Park in NYC.)
This begins my run along the waterfront.
This is a smaller version of the Marine Corp War Memorial. The mold was found is some guy's house and he donated it to the city recently.
There's lots of fishing, but I wouldn't eat the fish if I were you. We have 2 of the worst polluting power plants in Massachusetts along the Taunton River.

This the view from the board walk of the Battleship Massachusetts and the Braga Bridge. I run around the new Gates of the City that was donated by the Ponta Delgada. Our sister city in the Azores.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Wow! We're wicked loud!

In case you were wondering, your iPod is not broken: the song segues in Episode 5 really are too loud. At the risk of using too much technical jargon, something went wonky during the editing. We didn't realize how loud the segues were until the episode was online.

So for Episode 6 and then on, we're doublechecking to make sure the volume stays more or less even -- or, at least it won't soar to lethal levels.

See you in a few days, and happy running!

Nik and Dan

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Episode 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

Download us from the iTunes Store, leave a comment or check us out on Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle, or give us a Digg. And feel free to send us e-mail or leave a comment here!

Nik and Dan

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Episode 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

Stuff they talk about in the show:

• Listener Brian's blog,
• The Yogamazing podcast
The Zen Runner podcast
Fall River Celebrates America
Apple computers, the Micromemo, and Audacity
• Where the hell are the Azores?

Download us from the iTunes Store, leave a comment or check us out on Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle, or give us a Digg. And feel free to send us e-mail or leave a comment here!

Thanks for listening, and enjoy!

Nik and Dan

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Episode 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

Check this out:

• listener Susan's blog at
• the amazing Buckeye Outdoors exercise log thingy

Get our third episode here in the iTunes Store, find us and vote for us on Podcast Alley, look us up on Podcast Pickle, or give us a Digg.

We also get really excited when we get comments or e-mails from you telling us your stories. Let us know how you're doing at

Thanks for listening, and enjoy!

Nik and Dan
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