Training for the San Antonio Rock-n-Roll Marathon: Nike+ Style

San Antonio Rock-n-Roll MarathonAs of yesterday a group of us have kicked off the start to our training for the San Antonio Rock-n-Roll Marathon. With November 2008 just a mere 10 months away, I for one am going to need every moment to train. Especially considering the fact that I haven not spent any serious time running since the last half-marathon in October of 2006. I have gotten gluttonous in my ways and it’s high time to shake off the excess (literally).

To spice things up there are six of us who are using a Nike+ Challenge for motivation. It started on January 2, 2008 and ends January 31, 2008. Each month the challenge will change. From Most Miles Run to Longest Time Run to First 100 Miles etc… The challenge this month? Most miles run within the month.

Our group is wide and varied even though our challenge members are all ladies . We live in 2 states and 3 cities. We have a full marathoner,three half-marathoners, a non-runner and someone who runs but has never participated in a marathon event before. Our ages range anywhere from the late 20’s to the mid 50’s. Our careers run the gamut from professional to dental to entrepreneurial to philanthropic.

Regardless of these differences, we are united in this common goal: To stand at the starting line on race day. We will not run the same pace. We will not finish at the same time. We will train individually. There will be times we will have the opportunity for a joint training session. But for the most part the next 10 months we spend training together will be online.

I hear the trash talk has already started.


6 responses to “Training for the San Antonio Rock-n-Roll Marathon: Nike+ Style”

  1. Kandy Avatar

    Hi Jennifer,

    I was just challenged today to sign up for the R&R Marathon in San Antonio. I’m running the 3M Half Marathon in Austin next Sunday, it is my longest distance so far. I’m looking forward to training for a full marathon (I think!!). Would love to join your online group and meet you all at the starting line. 🙂

  2. Audrey Avatar

    Hi Jennifer. I, like Kandy, would love to join your group. I signed up for the the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon on March 31st! I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado and decided to run San Antonio because my sister lives in Texas and I am going to take an entire week to visit her and run the marathon! I am training by myself, but occassionally run with my husband or a few girlfriends. I will not know anyone at the start line so it would be great to meet you all there. Please let me know what you think. I will be 42 years old on race day. Thanks for considering me. Have a great day!

  3. jennifer Avatar


    Welcome to the group! Check your email by tomorrow afternoon. The April Challenge has been issued by Jackie. She’ll send you an invite to join the Nike+ Challenge for April. Each month the challenge is new so there is still plenty of time for everyone to get a trophy in their case.

    We look forward the monthly challenge fun and expect to see some friendly trash talk. 🙂 We’ll meet you at the starting line. Good luck and most of all have fun!

  4. Christabel Wilson Avatar
    Christabel Wilson

    Hi Audrey! A group of us from a company called Rackspace are going to join the Rock n’ Roll San Antonio. I am sure it is too late to attend the April training group, but what do you have in store for May? Please advise as we would love to join your group!

  5. Marathon Effort Avatar

    Very well written post however, I would recommend that you turn the No Follow off in your comment section.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. jennifer Avatar

      Hey Deltrum,

      I appreciate the kudos. As for the no follow, it hadn’t occurred to me to check that it was or wasn’t on. Guess that’s an automatic WordPress setting. Thanks for the heads up.


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