Barbara O'Connor
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  • Miller Place, NY
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Coming off injury, how fast can I ramp back up?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Oliver Jan 19, 2013. 3 Replies

Hi Eric,I'm coming off of a soleus muscle tear, it's been three months. I was running 25-35 miles a week prior to injury. I am now running like 6 miles a week (2 mile stints). I feel strong and…Continue

Fuel Belts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Welker Jun 1, 2013. 3 Replies

Can anyone suggest a good fuel belt? I bought one that has three bottles and a small pouch and I couldnt stand the way it bounced all over the place...i tightened it as I went but it drove me…Continue

Post Run Recovery Ideas and Helpful Hints

Started this discussion. Last reply by Francis Flynn Mar 31, 2015. 8 Replies

Trail team... I've upped my mileage (I can't believe I am actually writing this...Eric's training really works!).. and could use some wise words of wisdom for recovering afterwards. What are the…Continue

Tags: Tips, Fuel, Recovery, Run, Post

How To Input Your Heart Rate Information Into Your Eric Orton Training Plan on TrainingPeaks.com

Started Mar 20, 2012 0 Replies

I put together a "How To" document that visually shows you the steps you need to take in order to input your heart rate information into one of the purchased Eric Orton training plans hosted on…Continue

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Francis Flynn replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Post Run Recovery Ideas and Helpful Hints
"Hello Barbara, Yes I agree whole heartedly I'm just beginning week 7 , of Phase one and ran 18 miles at the weekend with no issues at all. Post I tend to use SIS Re go and porridge oats with a banana chopped up within 15 mins of getting in…"
Mar 31, 2015
Jay Mijares replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Post Run Recovery Ideas and Helpful Hints
"I'll usually drink Ultragen immediately after a long run or any run over 1.5 hours.  I usually don't stretch, but I'll walk around my car or -- if at a race -- around the finish area while drinking the Ultragen, just to keep…"
Aug 27, 2014
Robert Burpee replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Post Run Recovery Ideas and Helpful Hints
"Howdy Barbara I always make up a poweraid drink in my 3L Camelbak on long runs. I use the powder as its way more economical & you can mix it to tast. I make it about 1/2 the strength of the bottled version. Then when I've finished, as soon…"
Aug 27, 2014
Dave Brown replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Post Run Recovery Ideas and Helpful Hints
"HI Barbara - How long was the run? Are you using any electrolyte replacements on your run, such as (Skratch)? This is critical is you're sweating a lot. I had the same problem and I added skratch (http://skratchlabs.com) to bladder and then…"
Aug 25, 2014
Lori Enlow replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Post Run Recovery Ideas and Helpful Hints
"Now that's just gross! ;0) Barbara, I'm working on the fueling as well...bring on the tips everyone!!!"
Feb 26, 2014
David Tepper replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Post Run Recovery Ideas and Helpful Hints
"Food - swear by honey and tuna... Haven't tried it together :) I Try and walk afterwards to stretch out if I have time"
Feb 26, 2014
myskewedmind replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Minimalist Shoes
"I began running recently. As a beginner I had not yet developed muscles either way.   I tried the Nike running shoes - The run was somewhat painful. The 2 days following the run were painful due to inflammation and sciatica. Vibriam 5 fingers:…"
Jan 24, 2014
Patrick Garrick replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Post Run Recovery Ideas and Helpful Hints
"I have tried just about every post run trick in the book (stretching, foam roll, long cool down, massage, etc.) with the exception of cold water emmersion. I still those all of those things to a certain extent, but I no longer spend like 15 minutes…"
Jan 21, 2014
Barbara O'Connor commented on Eric Orton's group Ultra Virgin
"I'm afraid of being along on a mountain by myself in the dark, and being scared that I won't make it, getting lost and also not having any distance running friends that I can count on to crew for me and help me through this type of…"
Oct 9, 2013
Barbara O'Connor commented on Lori Enlow's blog post Arkansas Traveller 100...Seeing things from the other side....
"You're blogs are always so inspiring Lori :)"
Oct 9, 2013
Dan Baker replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Minimalist Shoes
"+1 for Merrells, my wife and I both a big fans. "
Jul 3, 2013
Thomas Welker commented on Barbara O'Connor's blog post AlterG Treadmill...anyone ever try it?
"My physical therapist has one at his facility. Basically, you put on a pair of "wetsuit triathlon shorts" that has a bib. This bib has a zipper which mates with the one on the AlterG anti-gravity chamber. You step into the chamber, and the…"
Jun 1, 2013
Thomas Welker replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Fuel Belts
"I use an Amphipod RunLite 4, which can use four 8 oz or 10.5 oz bottles, or a 2 L (~70 oz) hydration pack. It really depends on a few factors that dictate which I use, i.e how much hydration I require. Distance ran is of course important, but…"
Jun 1, 2013
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Feb 4, 2013
Erling Winsnes S replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Minimalist Shoes
"I started as Eric's advice in a half marathon trainning plan with 10 min run with vibram ones twice a week. Then 15 min and so on. On week 12 I'm able to run 30 to 40 min with no pain at all. I think you should let your calves get back to…"
Jan 29, 2013
Oliver replied to Barbara O'Connor's discussion Coming off injury, how fast can I ramp back up?
"Hi Barbara, I was running in Winter with five-toes and good snow. I get the impression the temperature is definitly a parameter as well. I am experiencing pressure and light pain sensation within the Achilles area (but inside the foot and towards…"
Jan 19, 2013

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How many years have you been running?
I've been running on and off since I was 10
What is your goal race for the year?
If I could run a marathon I would be ecstatic!
What is your greatest running accomplishment?
My greatest running accomplishment so far has been continuing to run after my knee surgeon told me I wouldnt be able too
What is your "ultimate dream" running goal?
To be a real competitive runner some day!

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I'm a Physical Therapists Nightmare!

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Three months...for three months I couldn't run. I felt like I was in prison. I didn't know it at the time but I had a torn soleus calf muscle and some other weird strain I'd never hear of. 

I gave my doctors holy hell and my physical therapist too. I whined like a baby to anyone who'd listen to my woes.

I'd show up for physical therapy and they'd ask me "How do you feel?", and I'd reply with "I just tried to run and it hurt so bad I had to stop". Good god if you only heard…

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AlterG Treadmill...anyone ever try it?

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 7:11am 4 Comments

Suffering from a very angry strained soleus calf muscle and achilles tendonitis. Haven't been able to run for 6 weeks, and Physical Therapist said I'll be lucky if I can in 6 more..but not to count on it. This one's a "doosey"...

So I told him..how am I going to run 100 miles if I can't even run 1?  Let's just say...I spent the rest of my session educating him on ultra marathons, my running goals and convincing him I'm not crazy..LOL

Anyways...he jumped on my band wagon and did…

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My Born 2 Run Shoes, Drink Mix and Strengthening Program Have Arrived!

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

Super excited, my shoes have finally arrived. Perfect timing. It's coming up on the end of my work day and I'm ready for my run!

I also ordered the Verde Go Running Drink mix and the strength training level one program.

 

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Last Minute Weekend Success! My First Half Marathon...86.9 more miles to go!

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 8:00am 4 Comments

Sunday May 6, 2012 is a day I'll never forget. But the story around this day and its success started 4 days prior. At work some coworkers and I were having a team lunch. I was excitedly telling my co-workers about the 5k I ran the weekend before and how I placed 4th in my age group even though I was sick as a dog and had to stop 3 times to cough up a lung. Feeling "high" from that day I decided I was going to run another 5k with a friend of mine this upcoming weekend feeling confident I…

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Going to Scott Jureks book launch (Eat and Run) in Manhattan today!! Hopefully getting Chris McDougall to sign my Born to Run book as well :)!!
 
 
 

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