6.2 in 54:01!! [Video!]

by Jenn (eating bender) on September 27, 2009

Hi there :)

I am so excited to report that I met and exceeded my goal of under 1 hour for my 10k race! My official time was 54:00.9 and my watch said 54:01, so that sounds about right! I could not have done it without your support and my superstar racing partner. I promised a recap, so here it is!

Bobby and I woke up at 6:45 am to make sure we had ample time to fuel, get ready and get to the race site. I enjoyed my “fuel” with some beautiful flowers.


I decided to go with a relatively light combo that I have tried in the past and found to be successful: two slices of whole wheat toast (plus one small bread end), 1 tbsp. almond butter and 1 tbsp. mixed berry conserve. The toppings were spread out among the two slices + one mini slice.


I also enjoyed a caffeine boost in the form of Coffee Cocoa.


We geared up and shipped out as soon as possible to allow time to check our stuff, look around and stretch. Also, I was incredibly anxious :) Here we are once we finally arrived at Grant Park!


We met up with one of my co-workers (Hi, Maureen!) to say hi and then headed on over to the starting line. I did as much stretching as possible, but was still so nervous for that gun to go off. I just wasn’t sure that I could do it – to be honest, even though I’ve been training for 1.5 months, I’ve really only ran 6-7 miles twice in my entire life. The thought of trying to do it as fast as possible was terrifying!

Once that gun did go off, however, I was completely in a zone. I had my motivation and my fuel, so I guess the combination paid off. Here’s a look at my splits:

  • Mile 1 – 9:00 – I wanted to start out at medium speed to see how I was feeling
  • Mile 2- 8:50 – I told Bobby that we should aim to keep our pace for the next 3 miles
  • Mile 3- 8:50 – I was so happy when I realized I actually DID keep pace :)
  • Mile 4 – 8:40 – I was shocked that I was actually going faster, and inspired to pick it up
  • Mile 5 – 8:30 – At this point, we had 1.2 to go, so I knew I should just go all out
  • Mile 6 – 8:30 – Using up all my energy by this point!!
  • Last .2 – 8:25 – Considering my legs were like jelly, this was my all out sprint to finish!

The numbers above are all rounded but it really did fall into place pretty evenly! I could not have been more pleased. My official time was 54:01, as I mentioned, and my average pace was 8:43ish.


Bobby was such a great running partner. I knew he could go faster, but he was willing to keep pace with me and I could not have been more appreciative. I couldn’t have done it without him!

Here we are looking gross and sweaty :)


And here’s the video I made, as promised!! It’s about 40 seconds long.

Don’t mind my awkwardness 😉 But I am very thankful for all of your support, both with the race and beyond. I could not have gotten through the past week or the race in the same way I have without your constant love and understanding. I appreciate it more than you know!

We were going to go out to brunch and make a brunch video, but at the last minute I decided I needed to go up to Milwaukee sooner rather than later. Instead, I came back and made a bowl of Almond Butter & Jelly Oatmeal. It really hit the spot.


Yes, I am obsessed with this combination. Yes, I ate it for breakfast and lunch.


I quickly ate, got ready and set off to Milwaukee, where I am now. I can’t say much more about that because unfortunately, the day turned into one of the hardest of my life. But let’s keep this post positive, shall we? I ran this race for myself but more importantly, for grandma, and that’s all there is to it!

Hug your family today. Kiss your family today. Tell your family you love them today.



1 Chocolate-Covered Katie September 27, 2009 at 9:51 am

Congratulations Jenn!!!!!!!!!

You should be super-proud of yourself, little lady :)


2 Jenny September 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

you rock my world, Bender! a million congrats :)

p.s. I kind of hate you for looking so gorgie after running a 10k.

3 Jenn (eating bender) September 27, 2009 at 9:42 pm

And I kind of love you for saying that :)

4 Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

CONGRATS MY DEAR!!!! I’m so very impressed and proud of you!!!

5 runeatrepeat September 27, 2009 at 10:12 am

Great job!!! Great time and it looks like you had fun too :)

6 VeggieGirl September 27, 2009 at 10:14 am

You do NOT look like crap – you look fabulous and totally rocked that race!! Congratulations!!!!!!!! :)

7 Shannon September 27, 2009 at 10:20 am

congrats girl!!!

and sending lots of love and hugs your way!

8 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 27, 2009 at 10:20 am

Congratulations! What an awesome time! And that’s so sweet that you and Bobby ran the whole race at the same pace! What a great team you make!

And that almond butter and jelly oatmeal looks great! I may have to try it one of these days! :)

9 Sarah R September 27, 2009 at 10:23 am

Congratulations on your race. How sweet of Bobby to run with you. I’ll be thinking of you and your family today.

10 Kimberly September 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

Congrats to you!!! Great race! How cool that Bobby ran with you! :)

11 verbalriot September 27, 2009 at 11:48 am

Congrats Jenn! You did an AWESOME job! With that time, it’s hard to believe that you only ran 6-7 miles a few times :)

12 Alisa - Frugal Foodie September 27, 2009 at 11:53 am

Congratulations! That is an awesome time. Well deserved bowl of oats I would say.

13 Susan September 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Congrats Jenn!!! I agree, that’s a stellar time! Looks like you really knew how to pace yourself :) Soo..when’s the next one? 😛

14 Gina September 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Congratulations. And, I will take your advice and hug my family today, and kiss them, and tell them how much I love them. It’s a good idea, and we should do it more often!

15 Nicci@NiftyEats September 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Awesome job Jenn!

16 Hangry Pants September 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Congratulations Jenn and Bobby! You did a great job and I love that Bobby ran at your pace. That was nice!

17 Quinn September 27, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Yay for 10K’s and you knocked the socks off that one! Great time!

18 Andrea (Off Her Cork) September 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Oh my goodness, look at you go Ms. Speedy! WOOT! You kicked that race’s butt!

19 MegaNerd September 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Great job on your race!!!

You did amazing, especially for your first 10k! Be proud! 😀

20 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) September 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm

congrats on a fab race! Thinking of you and your fam, xo!

21 inmytummy September 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Great time!

Sorry it turned into a hard day for you. You have a great attitude though and you will get through this. Sending good thoughts your way.

22 MarathonVal September 27, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I said it before and I’ll say it again… lady you are FAST!!! Haha, I am in an 11 minute mile marathon pace group and my short weekday runs are “faster” at around 10… I really can’t even fathom running any time with an 8 in the front of it,. Sheesh, I don’t know if we will be able to run together I won’t be able to keep up with you! :)

23 lilveggiepatch September 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Congratulations, guys! You were both FLYING!!!

24 Emily September 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Congrats on such a great race, Jenn! Your time was amazing!

Almond butter and jelly sounds delish. :-)

25 Anne K. September 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Congratulations! That’s a great time 😀

26 Run Sarah September 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Congrats!! Thats an amazing time :)

27 glidingcalm September 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm

AW Jenn! I love you! Congrats!

Thinking of you and sending a huge hug!

28 foodieinthecity September 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Congratulations! You should be so proud of yourself :).

I am obsessed with PB and pretty much anything. I eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, no worries!

29 Karla September 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Congratulations Jenn! I am SO excited for you and super impressed–that is an amazing pace! (Pass along my congrats to Bobby too!)

I hugged my parents when they came to visit today. Thank you for the reminder. Thinking of you and sending hugs!

30 Tay September 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Congrats!!! Looks like an awesome time 😀

31 Jessica September 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Congrats! :)

32 Jen (Running With Cake) September 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Congrats on your great run and for exceeding your personal goal. Road races are so much fun – I used to be hooked on them. Seeing you and many of the other foodie girls running races makes me want to get back into it.

33 Mel September 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Congrats on the awesome race!

I’m thinking of you and your family… Hope everything is all right.

34 Brittany September 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm

CONGRATS on such a great 10K race time Jenn!!! I’m so proud of you. Plus, it was super sweet for Bobby to stay at your pace and finish the race with you!

I ran my last 10k in 54 minutes as well- I have a feeling we would be great running buddies. :)

Sending a BIG hug your way my dear. You and you’re family are in my thoughts.

35 Heather September 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Rock on! You did great. YAY for supportive boyfriends (well, fiances!). Anyway, you & your family are in my thoughts. Sending good vibes your way! <3

36 Erica September 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm

awwwwwwwww! Congrats! That is so exciting. The video is not loading for me :( So glad you got to do this race with your man

37 Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Yay, Jenn! That is awesome!
I am looking forward to doing a 5K soon, so this is great inspiration!

38 Lauren September 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Simply FANTASTIC Jenn! Congrats on an amazing first 10k!!!!

Hope you celebrated this wonderful accomplishment and wishing you the best al weekend long! :)

39 Erin September 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Hi Jenn! I came across your blog from Angela’s (OSG) and Congrats on your 10K!! I’m running my first 10K in about two weeks and I’m super pumped and slightly terrified. This is definitely giving me great motivation.

Love the video and the almond butter and jelly oats. That is my new favorite obsession as well! Great blog :)

40 Naomi Rotstein September 27, 2009 at 8:31 pm

congrats on the race!!!! that bowl of oats looks amazing!!!

41 Danielle September 27, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Congratulations beautiful! You and Bobby are the cutest :)

42 Jenn (eating bender) September 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

You are way too kind :) I’m sorry I’ve been so out of the loop lately. I hope all is well with you, Danielle! Thinking of you.

43 Paige (Running Around Normal) September 28, 2009 at 6:32 am

Nice job on the 10K time!! You are super fast :) And your video is too cute!

44 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 28, 2009 at 7:13 am

I’m SO proud of you!!!!! Oh and that video was just the cutest thing ever. What a great way to start my Monday. You are too cute for words!!!

What an excellent time too…relax this week and enjoy it! =)

45 Heather Eats Almond Butter September 28, 2009 at 7:36 am

Hope everything is okay…thinking of you!

So impressed with your 10K time. Seriously, what an amazing first 6.2 miler! Enjoyed the video – nice to see both you and Bobby live.

P.S. Pre AND post-race almond butter? I LOVE IT!

46 Steph September 28, 2009 at 8:50 am

My favorite bowl of mine looks just like your oatmeal bowl. I love polka dots! Congrats on the race…cute video too :)

47 ksgoodeats September 28, 2009 at 10:20 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is an amazing time!

On a more serious note, I am so, so sorry Jenn. My thoughts are with you and your family. Stay strong, my dear!

48 luckytastebuds September 28, 2009 at 11:07 am

Jenn, I’m so sorry to hear about grandma. I know you always try to stay positive for us, and thank you for sharing all your joys, but we’re also here when life gets difficult. Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you hun!!

Congratulations on finishing the run in such great time!! and I have to tell you, I LOVE the video of you and bobby. So unscripted and SO cute!

Stay strong Jenn!

49 Natalie September 28, 2009 at 11:35 am

way to go! how fun! your video was so cute loved watching it!! i just found your blog and am having fun catching up!! great job on the race!!

50 peanutbutterfingers September 28, 2009 at 11:48 am

congrats on the amazing time!!! how exciting! i love an awesome race day & it seems like this was a wonderful event. yay!

51 Meghann September 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Just got around to reading your recap. A BIG CONGRATS on your first 10k! You did AWESOME!!

52 carolinebee September 28, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Jenn thinking of you lots…Congrats on your amazing race!!!!!!!!!!! Holy shnikes that is amazing- ha your recap almost makes it sound breezay! And that pic of u and bobby with the skyline behind u looks fake 😀 haha congrats again love and yes let’s catch up soon for sure, xoxoo

53 Allison September 28, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Ahh congrats on beating your goal for the 10K!! Thats so awesome :)

54 brandi September 29, 2009 at 7:56 am

congrats on your race!!!!

55 Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) October 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Awesome job at the 10K! You are a rockstar!

56 Lara (Thinspired) October 10, 2009 at 2:25 am

YAYAY!! Awww, I love the video. 54:01 is AWESOME! CONGRATS!

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