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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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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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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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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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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.

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inspiring to say the least

This book gave me a renewed sense of hope in myself. It has helped me to believe #IAMANATHLETE

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Inspirational!

I’ve read a lot of books about running and runners and this one is in my top favorites. Mirna has had a fascinating life, is an amazing ultra runner and is a fantastic writer. This is a rare combination. Her words will move you to tears in one chapter and to laugh out loud during your long run in the next. I absolutely adore her! I would have loved to have had her as a teacher and coach in school. I hope she writes and narrates more books in the future!

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Redefines "Athlete" and "Runner"

This is the book I wish I'd read when I first started running. As someone who's lost hundreds of pounds, turned my life around, and started running distances as a kind of therapy, every last word of this book spoke to me. But it's more than a book about running—it's a book about humanity. In fact, the first two thirds of A Beautiful Work in Progress are about Valerio's life, establishing what kind of person she was and how she got to the place she did when she became a runner.

In one respect, it's a unique story, full of hardship, challenges, and the many opportunities she pursued. In another respect, her story is no more unique than anyone else's, making it appealing to a broad audience. In the end, her character and self acceptance make it easy to relate and put the notion of what it means to be a serious runner into perspective. It's all about the journey, and you never look beyond the journey itself, you're probably not missing out on anything.

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Running and so much more

It was inspiring to learn about the author's successes and challenges. It has encouraged me to reevaluate what I can achieve as an athlete and give running another try.

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Mirna gives her words movement.

As a fat girl who run and loves herself and body as they are this book was confirmation that I️ am not alone in a world that constantly asks me to think differently about myself and move differently in the world.

As a soon to be first time marathoner this book helped me to push through and inspired me to “do the work” and “lean into discomfort” when training was tough.

Lastly, Mirna’s truth telling and humor were a breath of fresh air and I️ enjoyed listening to her tell the story and making the words she penned come alive.

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Inspiration for all of us

Very well written with fun anecdotes and serious highlights that are very relatable. As a fat girl runner myself, I was excited to read this book but came away with far more inspiration than I ever expected. Thanks Mirna!