“Instead of being ashamed of doing what you do or being what you are, why not celebrate it? Why not be proud of the fact that the body you are in can do great things?” * * * * *
Mirna Valerio, may not meet your idea of what a runner is or should look like, but make no mistake — @TheMirnavator is an athlete. With an impressive slew of ultra marathons to her name, I think Mirna is one of the most inspirational athletes I have ever met -- a true ambassador of sport on a mission to empower women of all shapes and sizes to proudly embrace their bodies, expand their horizons, and own their truth. * * * * *
Carrying herself with grace, an intelligent self-confidence and a smile so gleeful it brightens all in her path, Mirna's appeal has less to do with her ability to run long distances and everything to do with her unapologetic celebration of her personal truth.
Mirna's joyful self-acceptance is both real and rare. It's both authentic and bold. It's as infectious as it is inclusive.
And it's incredibly empowering to the millions of people who suffer body shame issues silently. * * * * *
An incredibly inspiring underdog every person story, Mirna's journey is not one marked by dramatic before and after photos. On the contrary, this is a story about body acceptance and body positivity. It's a conversation about self-empowerment and self-acceptance. It’s about tackling stereotypes, overcoming prejudice and the importance of inclusion. And it's an exchange about the need to redefine how we think about and define athleticism, the spirit of sport, and fitness in general. But more than anything, this is a conversation about owning your truth. I adore Mirna and I absolutely love this conversation. I think you will too. Plus - MIRNA SINGS OPERA AT THE END! Link to podcast in bio. Enjoy! ✌🏼🌱 - Rich * * * * *
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