Episode 19: Combating Body Stereotypes and Living Your Best Life with Mirna Valerio

Mirna Valerio

In this episode of the Sweatpants Chronicles we are so excited to be interviewing Mirna Valerio, aka The Mirnavator! We discovered Mirna a few months ago through an incredible documentary she did with REI. If you haven’t seen the video yet, be sure to click here to watch it on the REI website. As soon as we watched the documentary we knew we wanted to have Mirna on the show. 

Mirna is an ultrarunner which means she frequently runs races of 30+ miles!  She also happens to be plus-sized and a woman of color. So she doesn’t quite fit the typical image you see in the media of a long-distance runner. But she doesn’t let that stop her! Mirna blows running stereotypes to pieces every time she steps up to the starting line. She is an incredible inspiration to both of us to pursue our dreams and passions despite what anyone else might think. She absolutely radiates joy and positivity and was so fun to talk to! We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did. 

Mirna Valerio

Mirna’s Book: A Beautiful Work in Progress
Mirna’s Blog: Fat Girl Running
Mirna’s Social Channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
REI Co-Op Journal: The Mirnavator
Wall Street Journal: Weight Loss or Not, Exercise Yields Benefits
Runner’s World: Ultra
NBC Nightly News: Fat Girl Running’ Blogger Challenges Stereotypes Miles at a Time
CNN Health: Plus-size Runner Leads the Way for Overweight Athletes

Weekly Obsessions

Cassidy: We recorded this episode before Christmas and I was still obsessing over drinking my coffee while sitting in front of my Christmas tree. It’s just the best!

Tristi: I am obsessed with trying to maintain a positive body image. We had Emily Fonnesbeck on the show two weeks ago talking about dieting and body image, so I’m really trying to focus on staying positive and not looking in the mirror and picking myself apart but rather looking in the mirror and saying, you rock!

Mirna: I really love red wine! But not in an addictive way 😉 Right now I’m obsessed with cabernets. I had a house wine at a hotel in Seattle last week and it was really, really good. But I can’t find it anywhere because I can’t remember the name, haha!

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