Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Episode 39


There's foreshadowing, suspense, and dramatic irony aplenty with 4 Feet Running with Nik and Dan! This week:

- Nik and Dan run the Fairhaven Father's Day Road Race 10K

- They predict it won't rain -- guess what happens?

- Nik has mysterious trouble with her Garmin -- guess what happens?

- Dan hopes he won't be in last place for his first 10K -- guess what almost happens?

- They recover from their lousy races with a nice, relaxing walk, where everyone's a winner

- Their dog Stanley has interesting (and expensive) food preferences

- Nik shares her first look at the Garmin Forerunner 405 GPS sports watch

- Dan wraps up his 10 in 10 in 10 Challenge (10 weeks, 10 pounds, 10K) and looks to the future with sunny optimism

The 10 in 10 Challenge
Fairhaven Father's Day Road Race results
World-Wide Half-Marathon & Kick the Couch 5K
Zen Run 10K
Runner's World Smart Coach
The GPS Store.com
Tanita scales are the best
What happened in Hartford


Dan shows off his new Nike Dri-Fit hat, which is his new running headgear. He also shows off an impressive thicket of body hair.

Nik gets ready for the race, just before the rains come pouring down.

Three guys in tricorne hats and breeches and with muskets get ready to fire off the cannon that starts the Fairhaven Father's Day Road Race. Only guys with tricorne hats and breeches are licensed to discharge cannons.

This is what's left of Nik's Garmin Forerunner 205 after Stanley the dog used it to floss his incisors.

Click the photo below to see 9 more photos of Nik's new Garmin 405:

Garmin 405

This is Stanley's favorite song:

Friday, June 6, 2008

Episode 38


Have a very Vermonty time with 4 Feet Running! This week:

- Nik and Dan and their dogs are in glorious Burlington, Vt., for a week

- Nik prepares to run her 4th 26.2-miler, the Keybank Vermont City Marathon

- It should be beautiful in Vermont this time of year -- all that snow...

- Somehow Dan gets a free marathon T-shirt even though he doesn't run the race

- They keep an eye out for Burlington nudists

- Nik and Dan discuss their training plans, bicycling through Canada, science vs. yoga, and why no one ever runs out of Chapstick

- Nik has a great time running the race

- She talks about what it's like running 2 marathons in 1 month, and Dan talks about how he grunts when he runs

- They get some great feedback from very nice people

The Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon and Kick the Couch 5K
The Zen Run 10K
Vermont City Marathon
results and more
The Ben & Jerry's factory
Go to Burlington why dontcha?
...they have a university there...
...but watch out for the nudists
Some other people who went to Vermont and had a good time

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We took Myrna and Stanley (not pictured) with us to Vermont. Isn't that cozy -- boy girl, boy girl.

Burlington is on Lake Champlain, which looks real pretty.


The dogs liked the waterfront too.

Lake Champlain is a lot more moister than it looks when seen up close.

About 8,000 people ran the race, marathoners and relay racers (Nik didn't have updated figures when we recorded the podcast).

The official race photos left a lot to be desired. For example, can you spot where Nik is in this photo?

Here's a great one of her keeping her back straight and using yoga breathing.

Can you spot where Nik is in this photo as she crosses the finish line? (Hint: She's not wearing a green shirt!)

There was a good crowd for the Vermont City Marathon, turning Burlington from a one-horse town to a two-horse town.

Dan kept Stanley & Myrna away from the crowd just in case these vicious beasts tried to eat a stray child or two.

Nik had a great run, though it wasn't a PR, and got a medal that weighs a wicked lot.

But she kept thinking about ice cream the whole time.

So they went to Waterbury, Vt., where the ice cream comes from.

And they put in their orders.

And ordered waffle cones.

They hiked to the top of Mount Philo, which has amazing views of the Lake Champlain valley.

The dogs were pretty good with the hiking.

But they preferred to nap. So we did.
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