FIT Runner Profile: Mare C!

What is going ON, FIT peeps? Howdy, goddag, dzien’ dobry, and a great big olá to you all!

I hope everyone is having a super fun season with FIT so far. As we “earn our yellow” with every sometimes painful yet always exhilarating step on our way to running awesomesauce, it often behooves us to remember with the F in FIT is all about: no, not THAT F (although I’ve heard some of out there on some of those super humid mornings… INSIDE VOICES!), I’m talking about the FRIENDS part. We here at Rhapsody In Yellow (we really need a new name) certainly want to do our part in the whole “Get To Know Your Buddies” process, and that’s why we created these FIT Runner Profiles. More than just a concentrated ego boost to all parties involved, it’s a way of putting names to faces you see every week and finding out more about who they are, why the run, what they’re looking forward to, and almost anything and everything they want to disclose about their super-bad selves!

And speaking of super-bad! Sports uber-legend Muhammad Ali once said: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” Today’s reigning champ is our Colombian born, New England raised, and now South Florida-living buddy who is a FIT veteran for a few seasons now. A wife, mom of two, Cards Against Humanity and Left-Right-Center enthusiast (seriously, those gaming nights are LEGENDARY), something of a Bon Jovi fan, and social coordinator of inimitable skill, we can only be talking about our friend Mare! Let’s get to know her better in a little tune that we here at the FIT Blog would absolutely love to call…

Getting To Know Mare C!

 Full Name: Mare Castro

Age: 38/39 at the time of this questionaire I am 2 hours away from 39 :-)

Hometown: Born in: Barranquilla, Colombia / Raised in: Pawtucket, RI

Current Town: Weston

Occupation: Bookkeeper/HR/Purchasing Some call me the HBIC

FIT Group: 1/1 or 3/1

Years Running: 2.5

Races Completed

  • Miami Half
  • Sarasota Half

Upcoming Races

  • New Orleans Rock & Roll half
  • Flannigan’s Rocking Rib qpK

Favorite Race (and why)

Still looking

Favorite Cartoon


10 Random Songs on Your Running Playlist

Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony

Pi 3.14 – Buena Fe

Frio, Frio – Juan Luis Guerra

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Summer of 69 – Byan Adams

Still – Nine Inch Nails

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

Check The Rhime – A Tribe Called Quest

Treat ‘Em Right – Chubb Rock

Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo

What can I say? I love all types of music!

Reason for Joining FIT

First and foremost to get active. Meeting new people and making friends has been and added treat.

Favorite 80s Movie

16 Candles for sure. Breakfast Club is a close second.

Running goals for the near future (distance, time, specific race, travel, etc.)

I had to defer NYC Marathon to 2016, so I have that in my sight.

Ocean State Rhode Race & Marathon and The Boston Half Marathon are my hometown races, I would love to run a race while my family cheers on.

Napa Valley Half & Rocky Mountain Half are also on my bucket list.

Favorite Post-Run Meal/Snack/Restaurant

Chocolate milk or Beer…. Hmmm?

Other Questions/Answers

Who do I run for?

My cousin Natassja who passed away from cancer at 3 yrs old.

My best friend Erwin who passed away from cancer at 42 on 10/31/14, I had the unimaginable good luck to know him for 38 years.

They are the fuel that drives me. Because they can’t, I will.

Finally, tell us anything (or everything!) about yourself!


Social Media

Facebook —


And there you have it! Much thanks (AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!) to Mare 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 interpretive dance/Alpine yodelling videos to maybe a baker’s dozen, OK?

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