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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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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!

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Love this book!

I love this book! The author mingles her richly detail race experiences with her life experiences in a way that kept me hooked chapter after chapter.

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Inspiration and reality

Mirna embodies the spirit of a true athlete and runner. She had me laughing, nodding in agreement and at times wanting to hug her and say thank you. This book is one I will listen to again while training for my next full. I need Mirna in my ear!

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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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Empowering!!

Thank you, Mirna..
As a BADASS, FAT ASS Athlete..
you, have given a whole new perspective to the outside world! Happy Trails!

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  • Juan
  • Florida
  • 10-05-17

Amazing story

I loved the book for many reasons

Her honesty, her struggle shone through her story telling.

I am eventually planning on running ultra marathons so she also taught me what to expect