"Embracing Authenticity"

with Mirna Valerio

“There’s always work around, there’s always a way to something, that maybe you can’t see right now, but the cool thing is that the process of finding that out is really awesome” — Mirna Valerio

Mirna Valerio is hard to describe in a word. She’s an ultra-runner, an adventurer, a writer, former educator, mother, trained singer… as soon as you start to speak with her, her laughter and energy fill the space, making her passion for life evident. Join us as we discuss Mirna’s experiences with failure, her thoughts on confidence and authenticity, and the way she experiences being a runner. 

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About Mirna Valerio

Native of Brooklyn, NY, Mirna Valerio is an educator, cross-country coach, ultrarunner, 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. She soon started her blog “Fat girl running”, about her experiences as a larger woman in a world of thinner athletes. Mirna’s athletic story was featured in the WSJ, Runner’s World, on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, on the CW Network, and in the viral REI-produced documentary short, The Mirnavator. Most recently, she was chosen as a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.


You can learn more about her on her Instagram account,@themirnavator.


Aside of being the host of Beyond Running, Kenaia is a distance runner/coach, coffee addict and writer.  She is the blogger behind kenaianeumann.com, where she encourages others to live life to the fullest. Though she lives near Houston currently, she explores new places as often as she can. The first time she traveled with the Aire Libre crew she knew she’d found something special, and hopes to encourage more people to join their adventures and find themselves on the trails. 

Connect with Kenaia via Instagram.

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