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Summary

Runners' vocabulary is full of acronyms like DNS for "Did Not Start" and DNF for "Did Not Finish," but when Mirna Valerio stepped up to the starting line, she needed a new one: DNQ for "Did Not Quit."

Valerio has tied on her running shoes all across the country, from the dusty back roads of central New Jersey to the busy Route 222 corridor in Pennsylvania to the sweltering deserts of Arizona. When you meet her on the trail, you might be surprised to see she doesn't quite fit the typical image of a long-distance runner. She's neither skinny nor white, and she's here to show just how misguided these stereotypes can be.

In this prejudice-busting, body-positive memoir told with raw honesty, an adventurous spirit, and a sharp sense of humor, Valerio takes listeners along on her journey from first-time racer to ultramarathoner and proves that anyone can become a successful athlete.

©2017 Mirna Andrea Valerio (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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kept me going my runs

I do most of my audiobook listen while out running and A beautiful work in progress was an excellent companion. Mirna Valerio writes in an honest, open and at times very funny way about her journey into running subsquently ultrarunning. She does a very good job narrating her own book. I thought her pacing of the story was perfect.

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  • Deeanna D Swartz
  • 22-10-17

It’s a great book. I totally want to run trails now!!

I knew she was an ultra runner and that she wasn’t a tiny girl. She a great writer and such a badass!! And so many more talents!! No limits Mirna!!

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  • Colby AM
  • 19-07-18

Girl Power!

Great story of self-love, acceptance, and perseverance. Encouraging athleticism at any stage, phase, and size! Loved this book so much I've already recommended it!

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  • Maryse R. Elliott
  • 12-07-18

A beautiful and inspiring story!

Mirna is my new ultramarathon running heroine! And a brilliant and funny narrator to boot!

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  • M. Verbeek
  • 12-07-18

Inspirational , fun

Normally i am bit careful when writers read their own audiobook. With Mirna, no need: she is funny , light, entertaining , and inspirational. Great performance here, i felt sorry the book was over. She probably is a great teacher in class. Happy students i presume.

The content: good, insightful, and for me as a runner inspirational. It all contributes to people getting a more nuanced view of sports, body image, effort and what really matters in life. Thank you Mirna for speaking up, speaking out, and show the joy of running is for everyone.

the book is about her life story upon until now, and her love and life of ultrarunning, holding a fulltime job (teacher), being a mum, and combining all this without turning into a chagrin. Kudos.

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  • Sarah
  • 12-07-18

Wonderful read

Mirna Valerio has written an empowering and liberating running memoir. She inspires me to push myself in my powerlifting training - my sport of choice. If you’re a sister fat athlete you have to get this for company during your training sessions. I know I’ll listen to it many times when I need to remember I’m not alone.

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  • Cottey13
  • 27-06-18

Great encouragement for pursuing our journey in body movement

I appreciated how raw she is with her journey and have recommended this book to family and friends! Thank you for sharing your story Mirna and reminding us that all bodies deserve love through movement! As a massage therapist and curvy woman, I am grateful for your encouragement for us to try something no matter what the general population tries to tell us we can and cannot do.

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  • Josh C.
  • 05-06-18

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This book is very inspirational. I have been following her story for the past year. Not only do I know I can do hard things that I once thought was impossible I learned I could do them with my head up high. Thank you for instilling in me the confidence to go try.

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  • Melissa Ezzell-Maddy
  • 22-05-18

Relatable, but too many lists

The story itself is pretty amazing—but the frequent lists of things in the book are really annoying. It almost feels like she uses them as filler material.

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  • 09-03-18

So inspiring!

I'd read about Mirna Valerio in the past, and discovered her blog, 'Fat Girl Running,' last year. This engaging autobiography was the perfect book to take along and listen to when I started my own health journey! I listened to her story on my runs, training for a 5K, and when I needed a little pick-me-up.
Mirna is an inspiration to all of us fat girls out there! WE CAN DO ANYTHING!!!

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  • Noaa Bujanover
  • 08-03-18

Beautiful story about a non traditional athlete

Great book written by a powerful woman that's not your typical athlete. Strong inside and out! I salut you for all the running you've done in your life time. Admirable! Loved your story and this book. Thank you for sharing.