Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Episode 50

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Here we are as in olden days, happy golden days with 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan do the audio part of their Santa Dash 5K in snowy Fall River, if the fates allow

- Dan uses various excuses as to why he doesn't run more -- but till then he'll have to muddle through somehow

- Nik's streak of bad luck continues briefly, and is determined not to have a cup of cheer

- Dan can't seem to nestle all snug in his bed when it's nestling time, and visions of sugarplums keep him awake

- They talk about Christmas lights and decking the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, &c.

- Nik wants to deck her bike with a new tire and winter trainer, fa la la la la, &c.

- Figgy pudding is not mentioned anywhere in the show, but I thought I'd mention it here anyway

- They read a whole Santa sleighful of feedback and get several voice messages from nice people

- The annoying hiss you hear during the feedback portion of the show is the sound of the living room radiators at full blast -- sorry for the noise

Clickables:
The shower thing they were talking about that Nik broke
Rene's blog
Michigan Mike's Website
Paula's Website
Yak Trax

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Dan does his best Santa Claus impersonation, which sort of is more eerily accurate than he'd prefer to admit.

Dan strung up the porch with lights, although not having enough lights for the shrub makes it look a little like a cupcake with frosting on top.

The porch is much more impressive if you sit right in the middle of the shrub.

Their Christmas tree is nicely lit up for the holidays.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Video #2

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Celebrate the first snow of the season with a 4 Feet Running Santa run on video! This week:

- Nik and Dan don they now their gay apparel and go for a 5K in the snow

- They talk a little about Christmas decorations (but they barely see any)

- There's more Garmin vs. Nike Plus discrepancies

- Audio podcast next week!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Episode 49

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Which do you want first, the bad news or the good news? 4 Feet Running has both this week:

- Nik and Dan go for a 4.5-miler through their neighborhood

- They have the best running geek week ever, with Runner+ back, a newish Garmin, and challenges on Buckeye Outdoors

- They have a terrible geek week also, as Nik's MacBook Pro lapses into a coma

- Nik and Dan check out treadmills and do really, really long intervals through stores across southern New England

- Reading treadmill reviews is very confusing, but they make the best of it

- Nik and Dan have some goals in mind they'll work toward with or without a hamster wheel

- They get feedback from some very nice people

Clickables:
TreadmillReview.net of the Sole F63
Treadmill Doctor
Three Apples Tall

Running on Hemp Tea
Trilogy Running
Maddy's blog
The song Trilogy Running gave us: Kyle Dine, "Gluten Free Blues," available at Music.Podshow.com
Dapper Dan pomade

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Episode 48

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Santa Claus is stuck in a glass cage with 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik, Dan, and listener John run the Edaville Rail Run 5-miler trail run in Carver, Mass.

- Coming along for the ride are John's neighbor Jack, his daughter Amy, and Dan's work friend Jon -- so that's 3 Johns for the price of 1 right there

- Edaville Railroad has a whole Christmas display going, complete with creepy Santa dioramas and transgendered elves

- Nik's Garmin Forerunner 405 goes bye-bye

- They also meet an older lady who's all banged up but who still runs the 5-miler

- Dan starves his way across 5 hard miles, Nik's glucose levels plummet, but everyone else doing the race has a phenomenal time

- Listeners share their Garmin woes

- More Stanley the pointer dog hogging all the attention at the end

- They get email and phone calls from very nice people

Clickables:
Edaville Rail Run
race results on Cool Running
RunAnskyRun.blogspot.com
Garmin

Dan admires the corpse of Santa Claus that has been propped up in a glass cage for everyone to see.

The one on the right is the transgendered elf. As if you couldn't tell...

Dan looks for his name in the Bad Book to confirm his status as a member of the Bad Boys of Running.


This elf is a very bad boy.

Nik has a war wound from the race, thanks to a branch or something.


On the other hand, she did get to wear her running skirt.

This is Casey, the pointer owned by Sweet Daddy D. Thanks for sharing, Doug!

Click below for a slideshow of photos by Special Guest Star John (from the Poi)!


Friday, November 7, 2008

Video 1

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Wow! It's 4 Feet Running's first ever video podcast! Nik and Dan check in very quickly between audio episodes with a little rough home-made video:

- Nik has a little bad news about her Garmin 405

- They talk about their race plans for the next audio episode

- Special Guest Star: Stanley as Stanley the pointer dog

- Go to www.runcast.tv for more information

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Episode 47

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Think global, run local with 4 Feet Running! This episode:

- Nik and Dan go for the Zen Run 10K in Lakeville, Mass.

- They talk about their World Wide Festival of Races runs, and why they prefer to call it the WWF

- Fall's their favorite season, so they take advantage of it by being out among the various topiaries, lakes, cranberry bogs, and other features of nature

- Then nature calls

- Nature won't stop calling, so they take advantage of nature by having a pit stop in the woods

- Nik discusses what it's like to go wheat-free, Dan wants manly-sounding shoes, and Myrna can't stop wheezing

- They talk about their first-ever experiences with running

- Nik and Dan get some great feedback from very nice people, and actually give some feedback to other very nice people

Clickables:
World Wide Festival of Races
Town of Lakeville
The route we ran (not the race -- just the route)
Running to Disney podcast
Trilogy Running
Dan's blog post about their brief vacation

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Dan and the dogs (Myrna, left, and Stanley) stand by the Lakeville Town Hall, which is so New Englandy you can hardly stand it.

Nik's hat matches the fall colors on the foliage, except for the white bit.

Someone in Lakeville shaped their hedges into topiaries, making vaguely animal-looking things. Bunny rabbits? Chipmunks? Brontosauruses? We're not sure, but they were great.

One of the many lakes in Lakeville. Actually, I think this is technically a "pond." But Pondville doesn't sound as nice.

Two rural-looking animals of some sort, possibly horses. We're from the city. We usually only see horses when they're standing under Clint Eastwood.

This is the "Balls" mailbox that caused Dan to erupt in shrieks of laughter along the way, and made him forget to stop his Nike+ Sportband.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

On vacation: Back in 5 minutes

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Hey there! Due to some house projects we had to finish up, wonky work schedules, and a quick weekend vacation we're taking at the moment, we're going to knock Episode 47 into the middle of next week. We should have a fantastic jam-packed show for you about our World Wide Festival races -- and a whole lot of s__-talking, as usual!

In the meantime, check out tons of other running podcasts you'll enjoy here, at RunningPodcasts.org.

So look forward to us very soon, and happy running!

Nik and Dan

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Episode 46

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4 Feet Running has a wicked good time at the Salem Wicked Half-Marathon! This jam-packed week:

- Nik and Dan get lost in a thick, dark fog in America's spookiest city

- Nik prepares to run the Wicked Half, her longest distance in a while thanks to some gastrointestinal & dietary issues

- Speaking of which, she finally gets an answer as to what's wrong with her (sort of)

- Dan realizes he's too neurotic to do Chi Running

- They get recognized by a very nice listener

- Dan hears a very angry half-marathoner refuse any sort of encouragement whatsoever in the strongest possible language

- Nik has a great time at the race but misses her favorite socks

- They also discuss some other interesting clothing choices in their childhood

- They get some fantastic feedback

Clickables:

Star Wars Runner
Runtroniks' blog
Kelownagurl
A wicked good half-marathon
How'd everybody do?
Husky jeans

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Nik and Dan take a look at some of the sights around Salem. There's actually water behind her, somewhere.

The race began at this school, which is probably haunted. Just look at it.


Nik gets ready to run the half, starting at the back.

Salem's power plant, one of the many establishments in and around the area that do not serve coffee and bagels to hungry husbands waiting for their wives to finish half-marathons.

Leaves are starting to turn in New England.


Nik rounds the final turn in the Salem Wicked Half.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Episode 45

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This is take three of 4 Feet Running! No wait--take four. This week is jam-packed:

- Nik and Dan explain their unexplained absence on a 4-mile run through their neighborhood: crappy luck

- They decide to take the show biweekly for now due to life stuff

- Nik continues her rivalry on the Million Feet Running Challenge with Nigel from Running from the Reaper

- They review Chi Running by Danny Dreyer and Pose Method of Running by Nicholas Romanov

- Nik explains how she's been running twice a day

- Dan's got a slight case of dehydration and sleep deprivation, which is not unique to him in his office

- They explain all this Bad Boys of Running vs. Bad Girls of Running business

- They get feedback from some very nice people

Clickables:
Chi Running
Pose Method of Running
Core Performance
Tommy Neeson is running from Maine to Florida for charity
Double your runs Runner's World articles by Ed Eyestone & Jeff Galloway
Run From... podcast
Star Wars Runner
Be a bad girl or boy and join the Bad Girls of Running Vs. Bad Boys of Running challenge on RunnerPlus.com

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Goofus tries his own kind of running, while Gallant uses the Pose Method:



These next two show some of the Pose Method exercises you can try, or if you just feel like dancing:





Dr. Romanov critiques a runner's form:



A Chi Running master showing the proper form:



The official Chi Running promo video:



And some guy we found on the Internet whose running form is impeccable:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Where the hell are we?

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Don't worry: We're still making the show! In the meantime, here's a cute picture!

Long story short, we tried to record episode 45 last weekend, but that didn't go so well. We were going to record in Tiverton, R.I., but got a flat tire on the way. We couldn't find time to record any other time in the week after that.

Finding time in the week to record has been a bit tough, between work, changing schedules, insomnia, and lousy weather. But rest assured we're going to be recording as soon as we can, probably tomorrow in fact, then we'll edit furiously, and then you can listen to us blather on about silly sh__ while you run!

Because of our schedules, we'll probably be making the show every two weeks instead of every week (or, more accurately for lately, every 10 days or so). Sorry about that, but consider this: it'll be fortnightly! Doesn't that sound nicer?

We'll check in with you guys very, very soon, and thanks for listening!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Calling all girls! We need you to run...

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And beat the Bad Boys of Running at our Runner+ Challenge: Bad Girls of Running vs Bad Boys of Running

Runner+ is free and fun. It's a great place to track your mileage, meet other runners and join challenges like this one. If you have a Nike+ system, you can sync it to the site, but you don't need a Nike+ system to be a part of Runner+. Right now, the Bad Boys' Team is bigger and winning, so we need more girls to join!

Be a Bad Girl of Running and show those nasty boys who's the better runner!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Episode 44

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We're smokin' stew in a tent down by the river with 4 Feet Running! Or, as the French say, Quatre Pieds Courent! This week:

- Nik and Dan do a 3-miler by the Fall River waterfront

- They briefly meet up with their favorite newspaper hawker

- Dan bids a frustrating farewell to the Crazy Man Running Store and finds a new shop

- Nik is feeling better, stomachwise, which is helping her keep up with certain British podcasters on RunnerPlus challenges

- They meet a regiment of French Revolutionary War re-enactors camped by the river, nice people who nearly bayonet a civilian

- Nik and Dan can be Parisian taxi drivers

- There's broken bicycle banter and chi chit-chat

- They get some feedback from very nice people

Clickables:
The Runners Roundtable
Those nice people in the breeches? The 85eme Regiment de Saintonge
Everything you always wanted to know about bike repair (but were afraid to watch)

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The Braga Bridge in Fall River spans the Taunton River.


This is the Battleship Massachusetts, a decommissioned ship. Later, it'll take part in a Revolutionary War re-enactment by lobbing live shells onto the musketeers.


The 85eme Regiment de Saintonge is camped in Heritage State Park.


War re-enactors do love to cook stew over an open flame, don't they?


Apparently they sleep in these tents, right out in the open in a tough city like Fall River. It's a wonder their muskets and powder don't get stolen.


Some very nice war re-enactors with the Regiment de Saintonge. We're beginning to suspect they're not really French...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Runners Roundtable: Episode 1

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Hello there! Nik and Dan are part of a new running podcast, the Runners Roundtable, recorded live on Talkshoe! Nik and Dan join Steve Runner, Toni, Adam Tinkoff, and Dr. Monte in a discussion about fitness, the World Wide Festival of Races, training and more.

Check out the Runners Roundtable feed, and find out when you can join a live recording, at http://www.runnersroundtable.com!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Episode 43

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Run through the playground of America's rich and famous with 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan go for a 3-miler down Bellevue Avenue in Newport, R.I.

- They keep an eye out for Vikings and/or Chinese explorers

- Dan tries out some new shoes that may or may not be working

- Nik is feeling somewhat better, but her gastrointestinal doctor's nickname is a bit too appropriate

- A quick update on their World Wide Festival plans

- They have a little picnic in Touro Park, near the Chinese-Viking-settler monument

- They get feedback from some very wonderful people

- Keep your eyes peeled for an extra-special project

Clickables:
Big Brown Truck Man's podcast: Run Farther, Run Faster
Hartford Marathon
The Niagara International Marathon
RunToDisney.com
Bob's blog page
Swaledale Marathon
Like to visit Newport?
Listen to more running podcasts at RunningPodcasts.org
Info on how we record the show

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Nik stands in one of the fabulous mansions of Newport. Not sure which one. One of the expensive ones?

Newport is also home to the International Basketball Hall of Fame.

A skywriter went over our heads at some point, spurring this panorama advertising Mohegan Sun casino.

The Newport Art Museum gets a whole lot nicer.

Nik, a Chinese person, scans the fort at Touro Park for telltale signs of Chineseness. She came up empty.

Dan stands on Cliffwalk, a nice walking trail along--what else? A cliff.

Nik stands along the edge of Cliffwalk.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Episode 42

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Celebrate 1 year running with 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan run at night in Bristol, R.I., to escape the heat

- They recap their yearlong adventures podcasting and in running

- Dan's gone from a blob to an honest-to-goodness runner

- Nik's working through her GI issues, and she doesn't mean an overseas deployment, unless "overseas deployment" is some sort of euphemism

- They discuss the first podcasts they ever listened to, and their first experiences with running podcasts in particular

- Dan gets the hard sell from a gym membership lady

- He also describes a relaxing experience on the open water

- They read feedback from some wonderful people

- Stay tuned at the end for a special treat!

Clickables:
Get a nice baseball hat (thanks, Ultradad)
The Finnish race that's hard for Americans to pronounce
Gluten Free Girl
Mom on the Run

Celiac.com


Enjoy!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Episode 41

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These colors DO run with 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan meet Special Guest Star John to run the Mattapoisett 4th of July 5-mile road race

- They talk about Mattapoisett history, and how it's the nicest, most quaint town in southern Massachusetts

- Running podcasts are the best -- all three of them are agreed on this

- John describes what it's like to run a 10-mile-long 5K

- Embarrassing race running stories aplenty, and what it's like to quit smoking after decades

- Nik talks a little bit about gluten intolerance and her possible Celiac disease

- They get a special message from Adam "Another Runner" Tinkoff and Austin Hastings

- They read feedback and reviews from some very nice people

- Special thanks to John for making it a great show!

Clickables:
Mattapoisett road race results
The Onion: "I'm Training to Ruin a Marathon"
AustinHastings.com
Running the Narrow Path podcast

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Enjoy!

Nik watches Dan cross the finish line, having knocked over several toddlers and elderly women to get this prime spot.

The actual route is prettier than this map lets on. See below!


Check out these fantastic photos of the area around the Mattapoisett road race route, taken by listener John!

Mattapoisett
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