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Publisher's 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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Horrible

Narration was fine. Book was uninspiring. Don't buy. Plenty of good women's running books elsewhere.

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Story more a collection of blogs

Although inspiring, this story is a bit all over the place. I would get into one of Myrna's stories/memories and she will flip to another. Sometimes she will return to that story, someone she wouldn't.

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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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  • Laura
  • Durand, WI, United States
  • 12-17-18

Not good - No sure what good reviews are for

I did not finish this book or even get close, about 40 minutes in I just couldn't take it anymore. I was looking for an inspirational running story, something where you can really feel the author's struggle and are so happy for their victories. The author reads this book and I thought her tone was flat, no emotion to it. She doesn't start the book off introducing her self or explaining why running is important to her or her background, I thought, "who are you and why should I care". She starts out the night before a race signing up online for a 100k I believe and talking about how she can't believe she's going to do it. The next day she describes her race which was a 25k I think and she didn't even finish, didn't even try, basically she says "it wasn't a good race, I wasn't feeling it, pretty sure I'm gonna quit, oh someone came and ran with me and boosted my moral, and then I quit anyway" At this time I felt like the story wasn't really worth continuing.

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I really enjoyed the author's narration.

I could see, taste, hear, feel in the moment. Ms. Valerio dug deep to express each moment to take me there. I loved hearing her reading inflection, multi-linguistic capabilities and multicultural experiences. There were even some "... low points where I thought to myself, why am I..." tired of running and 2) Why am I lying on the couch reading a book about running? LOL!
The finely chosen words of the final two chapters and Appendix with acknowledgments were truly inspirational.

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Essential reading for fat girls who run or want to

I am a fat marathon runner and loved Mirna's memoir. Her reasons for getting into running were a different than mine. I was a late in life runner while she started as a teenager. I have followed her on social media for several years after I discovered her when I was researching gear and motivation while training for my first marathon in 2015. So when I heard she was writing her first book I had to get it. I own both the Kindle and audible versions.

Her journey with running has echoed much of my own: the uncertainty if you belong to the insanity that happens to your body when you put it through the rigors of long miles. This woman is a real force of nature. She will inspire you to move your body in the way that suits you. She also shows you that you can take on insanely long distances if yous so choose. I had the honor of attending her first running retreat and can tell you that the woman in the pages is the real bad ass you find in the pages and I could too if I just showed up and put in the work.

I recommend this book to all my fellow females who identify as fat and who run, jog, walk, swims, does yoga, or does any form of movement for exercise or wants to start.

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loved it

not only is this book amazing, but the author actually reading it to you makes it that much better. I find myself going back and listening to this book whenever i'm feeling a little unmotivated. Its completely worth the credit.

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  • Colby AM
  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, US
  • 07-19-18

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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A beautiful and inspiring story!

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

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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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  • Paula
  • 06-10-18

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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