Mirna Valerio – The Mirnavator, A Beautiful Work In Progress

by | Jan 19, 2022 | Podcast

Mirna Valerio has made it her life’s purpose to live and experience the fullness of humanity each day. She is a Brooklyn native with many talents. Her recognition as a runner has grown after a viral post from her blog, FatGirlRunning. Since then, she has appeared in various publications and was chosen as 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

We discuss how she started running, her growth as a running, writing, singing and advocating for kindness. This is a great episode that will motivate you to keep pursuing your deepest passions.

Episode Highlights: 

  • How Mirna started running at the age of 13
  • Growing up in Brooklyn, New York 
  • The importance of humans being out in nature
  • Running 11 marathons, countless half-marathons & ultra-marathons
  • Why she loves gravel biking
  • Her passion for writing and how her blog was born
  • Publishing her memoir, A Beautiful Work In Progress
  • Singing, performing arts and joining The Juilliard School

Guest Bio

Mirna Valerio is a native of Brooklyn, NY, a former educator, cross-country coach, ultrarunner, obstacle course enthusiast, and author of the recently published memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress. Although she began running in high school, she recommitted to the sport after a health scare in 2008. It was then that her love for running and all its attendant benefits were reignited. She soon started her blog Fatgirlrunning, about her experiences as a larger woman. Mirna’s athletic story was featured in the Wall Street Journey, Runner’s World, NBC Nightly News, CNN,  CW Network, and in the viral REI-produced documentary short, The Mirnavator. Her writing has been featured in Women’s Running Magazine, Self Magazine Online, Outside Online, and Runner’s World Magazine. Most recently, she was chosen as a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

Connect with Mirna

Order her book, A Beautiful Work In Progress here

Follow Mirna on Instagram

Read her website and publications here 

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