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FIT Pet Profile: Samson

bean2Meow, Fit Blog readers! It’s me, Bean, and I’m back! I hope all you Running Humans have enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to another season with Friends In Training. Me and my fellow fabulous furry friends will be cheering you on as we spend our days sleeping late or waking you up hours before those early morning alarms… just because we can! MEOW!

Speaking of fabulous furry friends, today we’re going to feature our very first (of hopefully very many!) FIT Pet Profile! That’s right, Running Humans, your adorable and feisty friends are going to have their say their say about how wonderful and adorable and supportive they are to your weird early-morning needs… provided you feed and adore us before you head out to hit the pavement. And when you come back as well. Because that’s how we roll.

Anyway, our first pet profilee is a very handsome canine who owns a human named Francesca. Let’s get to learn more about our new friend Samson in a fabulous little tune we’d like to call…

Getting To Know Samson!

IMG_0766My Name: Samson

My Nickname(s): Sammy, Stick Boy, Stop eating the kitty kibble!

What Am I?: Catahoula Leopard Hound

My Human’s Name: Francesca Filiberto

How Did I Come To Live With My Human?

My mommy wanted a running buddy, so she looked on pet finder! She came to look at a black lab, but was overtaken by my cuteness! She said even though I smelled like pee when she met me, she knew it was love at first sight.

The lady at the rescue group said I was left in the Miami Redlands on the side of the road in a cardboard box with my other brothers and sisters. Mommy doesn’t understand how anyone could have been so cruel to a sweet little thing like me.

Years Watching My Human Run: 1.5

Favorite Treat: marrow bones, peanut butter, vanilla ice cream cone from Dairy Queen

Favorite Toy/Activity: Any stick in the yard that I can carry, ripping apart palm fronds, ignoring my mom

Cute Story About Me:

When I was little, mommy took me to the vet and the vet lady had to draw some blood. I was so nervous I peed in the vet’s shoe! It was hilarious! That’ll teach her not to poke me again! Woof!


Running Tip or Advice For Humans:

Always lay out the clothes you’re going to wear for a race the night before. Mommy always gets so fussed not knowing how the weather will be during the race, so she takes all this junk with her to bag check, she’s a nut.

But she’s also very considerate. When she wakes up early in the morning to run, she gets dressed in the dark, so I don’t have to wake up when she turns the lights on. Unfortunately, dressing in the dark has resulted in her wearing her pants inside out at races. And on that particular day, she won in her race category and now thinks it is a good idea to always wear her pants inside out for a race-please tell her not to, she can be so embarrassing sometimes. I swear, I can’t take her anywhere, not even to the dog park! She talks to me in baby voices, and all the other dogs laugh at me, doesn’t she know I’m a big boy?!

Double knot your shoe laces! Mommy has fallen and tripped a lot, but she’s also clumsy by natures, bless her heart.

Anything Else I’d Like To Add?:

I have webbed paws, kinda like my mom’s webbed toes. I think that’s why we get along so well.

My one eye is half blue and half brown. Native Americans believe that dogs with different colored eyes can see heaven and earth.

My breed is the state dog of Louisiana!

Sometimes I fart and pretend is wasn’t me 😉


If you’d like a furry friend for your family, my mommy volunteers with 100+ Abandoned Dogs of the Everglades and No More Homeless Pets of Ft. Lauderdale! Saving a life is so rewarding, my mommy says I’m the best thing that happened to her, we’re best buds!

Meow, there it is! Thank you Samson for taking the time to fill out your profile for our burgeoning pet corner of the FIT blog. And if you would like to be featured (and why WOULDN’T you? You automatically become THAT MUCH COOLER!) you (or your human, if you’re feeling above such petty duties as typing) should fill out our Pet Profile Questionnaire, and you can submit your profile online! Isn’t that wonderful? Thanks again, FIT pets and their humans, and keep being awesome! MEOW!

FIT Runner Profile: Francesca F!

Well howdy, nǐ hǎo, barev dzez, and good day to you all, our fellow FIT buddies! We’re back again with a brand new FIT season, so it behooves us to bring back our much beloved FIT Runner Profile series, in which we get to know our fellow members and find out what makes them tick, unique, and buttkickingly awesome! Is buttkickingly a word? Well it is now, I suppose…

The British military legend T.E. Lawrence once wrote the following about transforming vision into action: “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.” Our profilee today is a newcomer to FIT but is quite the experienced runner, with bunches of races under her belt already and a thirst to take on her first Full this year! She’s also a volunteer with an animal rescue group, looking out for our local fine furry friends and helping them find “furever” homes. That’s right, we’re talking about our new FIT buddy Francesca F, the subject of today’s FIT Profile. Find out more about Francesca and what made her join FIT, motivates her as a runner, and her interests and humor in a little number we’d like to call…

Getting To Know Francesca F!

franc03Full Name: Francesca Filiberto

Age: 25

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale

Current Town: Fort Lauderdale

Occupation: Perpetual student – currently finishing my Master’s in Biomedical Science

FIT Group: E

Years Running: 2

Races Completed

  • 2012 Ft. Lauderdale A1A Half
  • 2012 Hollywood Beach Half
  • 2012 Ft. Lauderdale Publix Half
  • 2013 Tower of Terror 10mi.
  • 2013 Disney Wine and Dine Half
  • 2013 Sun Capital Half
  • 2013 Ft. Lauderdale Publix Half
  • 2013 Race for Women’s Wellness Coral Springs Half (3rd in age division)
  • 2013 Disney Princess Half
  • 2013 Miami Beach Half
  • 2013 All State Miami Half
  • 2013 Rock and Roll Nashville Half for St. Jude Research Hospital
  • 2013 Bacon Race 5k (don’t do this race, I only got a total of 2 pieces of bacon, major disappointment)
  • 2013 Walk for Wishes 5k-1st in age division, and no, I didn’t walk the race despite the name 😉
  • 2013 Boca Raton Turtle Trot 10k

Upcoming Races

  • Firefighter 5k
  • Turtle 5k (my dad registered me, so I could finally have a turtle medal :D)
  • Halloween Half
  • Tower of Terror 10mi
  • Food and Wine Half
  • Space Coast Full (first full, Jesus save me)
  • Palm Beach Half
  • WDW Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge
  • Ft. Lauderdale Publix Half Marathon
  • possibly Nike Women’s Half in DC if I get picked

franc01Favorite Race (so far) and Why?
Fort Lauderdale Publix! It’s always my fastest time during the race season, and I know the route really well.

Favorite Cartoon
Bob’s Burger’s. It’s for those with an off-beat sense of humor.

10 Random Songs on Your Running Playlist

  • Thong Song – Sisqo**
  • Like a Drum – Guy Sebastian
  • I’m Different – 2 Chainz
  • Jealous – Chromeo
  • Drink to That All Night – Jerrod Niemann
  • It’s Tricky – Run DMC
  • Shooting Star – David Rush
  • In Da Club – 50 Cent (aka Half a Dolla’, holla!)
  • Miami – Will Smith
  • U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer

**This song came out when I was in 4th grade and you needed someone over 18 to buy it, so I had my grandpa buy it for me. Then, my dad found it in my bedroom and told me grandpa was going to go to jail for buying it, so Sisqo was returned to Target :( Now that I’m older and dare I say wiser, nay, perhaps savvy, I want to ask my dad, “Would you really put your father in jail? Doubt it.” BOOM, in yo’ face pops!

Reason for Joining FIT
My old neighbor Jenn Wilder used to run with FIT, and said it would be a great way to train for my first full marathon. It’s also easier getting out of bed early on a Saturday morning when you realize you aren’t alone.

I also saw the yellow pineapple container when I ran down A1A and wondered who was organized enough to have water stations set up-my kind of people.

Favorite 80s Movie
I was born in ’89, so non-applicable, but I love me some Meryl Streep!

Running goals for the near future (distance, time, specific race, travel, etc.)
Finish the Publix Half under 1:50 this year.

I’d like to do the Nike Women’s Half in DC, and maybe a race in Hawaii one day-something scenic!


Favorite Post-Run Meal/Snack/Restaurant
BACON!!!!! And a full stack of chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream and powdered sugar from Original Pancake House. I mean the real reason any of us run is so we can eat more delicious things, right?

What’s your biggest fear about running?
Crapping my pants in a race à la Paula Radcliffe at the Athens Olympics.

Why couldn’t the teddy bear finish his lunch?
Because he was stuffed! HAHAHAHA


Finally, tell us anything (or everything!) about yourself!
I have two conjoined toes; my mom says it makes me a better swimmer.

If I ever say “my kids,” I’m referring two my two dogs, Bongo and Samson, and two kitties, Annabella and Delilah. Yes, I indeed have a Samson and Delilah, and most likely Delilah will end up slaying Samson as before- not for his strength, but for always steeling her kitty treats.

I ran my first half marathon hungover, finished under 2 hours, and never barfed… I should’ve gotten a medal for that.

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And there you have it! Much thanks to Francesca for taking the time to fill out her profile for our blog. And as always, if you would like to be featured (and why WOULDN’T you? You automatically become THAT MUCH COOLER!) you can either email me your answers at, OR (even easier!) fill out our Runner Profile Questionnaire, and you can submit your profile online! Remember, you don’t have to answer any question you don’t feel comfortable about, and if you want to volunteer more information about yourself that I didn’t ask, feel free to do so! There are no rules here, except please try to limit your pictures of off-color hand gestures to about a dozen, OK?

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