Mirna Valerio – The Mirnavator, A Beautiful Work In Progress

Mirna Valerio – The Mirnavator, A Beautiful Work In Progress

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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India Cook: Running Coach and Advocate Who Is Working To Change The Landscape Of Running

India Cook: Running Coach and Advocate Who Is Working To Change The Landscape Of Running

If you run, you’re a runner. One of the  favorite mantras shared by this week’s guest.

India Cook started running to lose weight in 2008 and running has become so much to her since she started her journey.  Since her beginning she has identified and addressed gaps in visibility and representation for women of color.

She coaches independently and also coaches with a non-profit organization, Active Resolute Connected (ARC) . Through content creation, she inspires and empowers runners on her YouTube channel and her podcast.

We discuss how she started running, her growth and various opportunities that have been presented to her.  This episode with India will motivate you whatever your running goals are for the new year. 

Episode Highlights: 

  • How India started running 
  • Her background as a cheerleader
  • Her favorite marathon
  • How she got into coaching
  • What running has taught her
  • The focus behind her YouTube channel and podcast
  • What’s on her running bucket list

Guest Bio

Meet Coach India

Hello! I am India Cook, an avid Atlanta based runner, YouTube vlogger, podcast host, and RRCA certified run coach. I have a love for running and racing, but I also have a passion for encouraging and guiding runners and those who aspire to become runners. I coach independently and I am also a run coach with a non-profit organization A.R.C., Active Resolute Connected. This organization empowers women through running and helps to break mental and physical barriers. A.R.C. aligns with my belief that if you run, you are a runner.

My running journey started in 2008 on the quest to lose weight and also engage in a healthy social activity. Since 2008 I have completed distances from 5K to marathons. Throughout my running journey, I observed that there were limited running resources created by women of color to help individuals get into running or resources for those already engaged in the sport. Therefore, I developed a vlog “Miles From India” on YouTube. The vlog’s purpose is to educate, inspire, and motivate runners. Viewers can find tips and how-to videos that aid in helping runners navigate running effectively. Within the running community I also find it important to ensure diverse running experiences and stories are highlighted. In 2018, I became a podcast host of, The Run Duo Podcast, with my co-host, Tommy Mitchell. On our bi-weekly podcast we talk about all things  running as we educate and entertain our listeners and also interview casual to elite runners.

With a focus on helping ladies run confidently in any phase of their run journey, my background in mental health not only allows me to have a positive and healthy relationship with running, but it also enables me to help athletes build a similar relationship as well. I find it essential to make the sport of running less intimidating and relatable for all levels. I will continue to use my training, experience and voice to guide others in the community of running through coaching. I take the approach that everyone’s journey is unique, and we should celebrate every step, stride and mile. I believe that running not only boosts physical health, but it also rejuvenates your mind and fuels confidence.

Connect with India

Follow India on Instagram

Watch the Miles from India on  YouTube

Listen to The Run Duo podcast here

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New Year, New You !!

New Year, New You !!

Welcome to Season 4 of Running Is Cheaper Than Therapy Podcast. Happy New Year, I pray you all have a blessed and prosperous year. Let’s dive into the benefits of staying focused this new year. I have found that with goal setting, less is more.

The problem we can face each January is creating plans that we are not ready for. Whatever goal you set it is not going to magically  happen because it’s January of a new year. I’m going to share with you some of the things that I will be working on in 2022.

Take a listen. I pray that this will motivate you no matter what your goals or aspirations are.   

 Episode Highlights: 

  • My goals related to fitness, health, and racing 
  • How I plan to stay consistent with reaching these goals
  • How I start each new year
  • How to not be overwhelmed and burn out in regards to reaching your goals. 
  • Why consistency is the key 
  • Why it helps to have tribe in regards to goal setting 

Past episodes mentioned

The Doctor Is The Patient 

Saddle Sores- What Are They? How to Prevent Them? How to Treat Them?

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Ask The Doc – Common Traumatic Cycling Hand Injuries

Ask The Doc – Common Traumatic Cycling Hand Injuries

This final episode of season three will be in the series: Ask The Doc.

Stay tuned to learn about my two injuries, treatments and what you can do in a similar situation.

 Episode Highlights: 

  • My bike injury in July 2021 and the injuries that resulted
  • Seeking treatment for my Triangular Fiber Cartilage Complex tear (TFCC)
  • Immobilizing my wrist 
  • Persistent wrist pain and palm tenderness
  • Everything you need to know about Triangular Fiber Cartlidge Complex tear (TFCC)
  • Everything you need to know about hook of hamate fracture

Past episodes mentioned

The Doctor Is The Patient

Saddle Sores- What Are They? How to Prevent Them? How to Treat Them?

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Dominique King: Lean In With The King– A Lesson on Running, Marriage and Family

Dominique King: Lean In With The King– A Lesson on Running, Marriage and Family

Dominique King  discovered healing through therapy, and running was a vital part of it. Dominque’s goal is to reach people like her that are looking for a platform that deals with everyday issues of running, marriage and family. Through her platform “Lean In With The King” she shares experiences, advice while offering support.

Her mantra is, ‘I live everything that I do with with two things, find your dirt and connect and more importantly be well; you are worthy.’

 Episode Highlights: 

  • Why Dominique started running with a healthier mindset
  • Road running versus trail running
  • Dealing with harassment while road running as a woman
  • How to keep safe while trail running and recommendations
  • The best way to use your taser while running, especially for women
  • Her scariest experiences while trail running
  • How running with her husband has changed their relationship.

Guest Bio

Dominique has always been a runner. Running has intertwined itself in her life at various stages. Growing up she used running as a way to escape her home environment. She used to run and walk between towns trying to make sense of why things shook out the way they did for me. In her older years running was her way of maintaining an unhealthy view of what she thought her body should be. The beautiful chapter of her run journey began the moment she decided she wanted to live. She started extending herself grace. The grace that she now tells everyone else to do for themselves. She discovered healing through therapy and running was a vital part of it.
She also has a website, a blog, and a podcast.

Connect with Dominique

Follow Dominque on Instagram

Lean In With TheKing  website

Listen to podcast here

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Sandra Mikulic: Size Doesn’t Matter

Sandra Mikulic: Size Doesn’t Matter

Not everyone runs to lose weight.  Sandra Mikulic is a plus-size runner, mom of 4 who started running at the age of 43. 

She has used running to better her mental health and physical health. She believes that running is for everyone and no one should be held back by societal limitations on body size and weight.

She shares how she has overcome depression and anxiety through running, raising her 4 kids, the podcasts and books that have changed her life and why she runs 5k every single day.

If you have failed and tried again, this episode will encourage you!

 Episode Highlights: 

  • How her childhood traumas affected her as an adult
  • What inspired her to start running at 43
  • Documenting her journey on Instagram
  • Why she started running 5km a day in 2019 to date
  • How running changed her neuroplasticity and helped her heal a lot of trauma anxiety. 
  • Her podcast and book recommendations 
  • Her favorite race and participating in Olympic distance triathlon 
  • The dangers of social media to women and the younger generation
  • Her life-long commitment to love herself truly

Guest Bio

Sandra Mikulic is a self-proclaimed athlete of 250 pounds who is a Runner, triathlete and ultra runner. In March 2018 at the age of 43, she started running and that’s where her story of self-transcendence begins. On January 1, 2019, she started the challenge of doing 5kms every day. It has changed her neuroplasticity and healed a lot of trauma and anxiety. It has changed her life. She has finished 3 marathons, 20 half marathons, one 50 km race and a  triathlon in 3 years. She embodies an active life now and empowers people that size does not matter!

Connect with Sandra Mikulic

Follow her on Instagram

Visit her website

Read her magazine here

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