Monday, October 4, 2010

Forest Park 5K

Hello loves! Ayer was the big day….I ran the Forest Park 5K in memory of my dog Koko who passed  away last month.


I started prepping for the race the night before by creating a new playlist…


The weather was a little crisp in the morning but I didn’t think anything of it….We got to Forest Park a little early so that Hailey could participate in some of the events for the family.



Crossing the finish line at the Kids Fun Run

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As most of you know, when you have a dog they become part of your family and I was so happy that my family came out to support me and Koko.

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          Me, Hailey, Hannah, and my cousin Joseph             Me and my fabulous primo Joseph!



Mom, Sis, Me, Homefries, Me, and Little sister


               Me and my daddy! Btw note that he is wearing converse (always has!) I am definitely my father’s daughter!


I decided to wear green at the race since Koko’s favorite ball was green and yup I took the ball with me!

At 9:55 the crowd started to form at the track and before I knew it, they blew the horn and we were off.

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I immediately felt the cold air going into my chest and the burning sensation that it was causing but I tried to ignore it and just push through. Mile one went pretty fast, I actually remember thinking “Already?” when I saw the Mile one Marker and the man yelling 9:45! That was my fastest mile ever. By Mile two we started to hit some hills, I started pumping my arms…I didn’t even want to look at my HR watch because I knew it was way up there. It was getting tough but I usually find someone that is in front of me and have a personal race in my head. I have to admit that I walked for 1 minute when I was going up some hills, they were horrible but thankfully this my local park so I knew what to expect. Before I knew it we were back in the track…I tried to sprint but then I just got exhausted and slowed but then I saw the clock and I noticed that it was 30 minutes….and I sprinted again! I wanted to break my PR! I love that my dad handed the ball to me when I crossed the finish line!

DSCN0167 I crossed the finish line at 30:31, 9:49/Pace

I beat my Coogan’s PR! Which was 33:06 10:40/Pace….

After the race, I went to a Dominican Diner with my family to celebrate!

I enjoyed a couple of these…made my throat and chest feel so much better!


And dove right into this plate…Mashed Plantains with Cheese and Onions…


This was an incredible day! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family who is always there to support me even if it means sitting in a park on a crisp Sunday Morning!

I have more pictures on my Facebook page if you want to check them out…have a great day loves!!!!



  1. AWESOME job on the race, Mari! Sounds like you were flyin'! So proud of you!

    And I think it's both awesome and adorable that your dad still rocks the Converse, haha! My mom hates them and still gives me crap for wearing them as I get closer to 30 :D Oh well. They're my favorite shoes!

  2. Way to PR your race!! And so glad the family was with you to cheer you on!


  3. Congrats on your PR! So cute that you brought Coco's ball. So proud of you!

  4. congrats on your race again! joseph called me after and gave me all the juicy details :-). the time difference btwn your first race and this one was pretty amazing. have fun resting up :-)

  5. Congrats girl! You did such an awesome job. I love that you honored Koko Loco by wearing green and having his ball- so sweet!

  6. MEGA congrats on PR-ing! That is an awesome time! I am so proud of you. You have no idea.

    And I think I'm going to need some plantains after my next race. Seriously.

  7. You are getting so fast!! Great race time! So proud of you!

  8. Koko is smiling down on you from doggie heaven. :) Great job!

  9. Amazing amazing job!!! You KILLED your last race time. Plus I feel like I'm cheating since I already knew your time and saw the photos on FB. Congrats!

  10. Awesome job!!! you are a speed demon woman!

  11. Congrats on the new PR!!! That's fabulous. I think my quickest 5k time was 33 minutes. Or maybe even 34. You rock!

    It was so nice of your family to come out to support both you and Koko. I'm sure Koko is looking down and was very proud of you at that moment!

  12. dang girl, speedy run! congrats on the pr!

  13. great run girl! such a sweet way to commemmorate your pooch ;) and way to beat your last time! that's soe xciting :)

  14. Congrats on the PR girl! That is so sweet you wore green and brought his ball. Aww :(

  15. I am so proud of you and I think it is so great that your family was there to support you as you run to remember Koko :) You totally rocked! Great job girl.

  16. AWESOME PR!! You whooped your old PR! And you looked great doing it!! :)

  17. Looks like you had a really great day with your family!

    Great job with the race. You did awesome!

    Love your breakfast. I wish I could take the one I just had back.

  18. Great job. Looks like everyone had a nice time. I didn't know about your dog, but I am sorry for your loss. I seem to be behind on blogs so I am trying to catch up.

  19. Yay----I loved reading about this. I am sure Koko was running right with you in doggie heaven and he is so super proud of you :)

  20. Congrats on your new PR girlie and welcome back to racing! I am so jeals of your race day 'crew' :) I love that you're up on Florence + The Machine. That woman can sing!

  21. Congratulations on such a great run and for PR-ing. You've worked so hard, I'm really happy for you :)

    I love how so many of the fun things you do involve your family. Its wonderful to have such a supportive family.


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