"I started running in high school, and ran on and off during and after college. In 2008, a health scare prompted me to start running again regularly. First I trained for a marathon, and then for a 50k, and I loved it. That's when I decided that I would be an ultramarathoner.
Ultras make me feel so powerful. My biggest accomplishments are having completed the Javelina 100k, which took me over a day to complete; and running the Marine Corps Marathon and the New York City Marathon back-to-back. When I'm training, I run 25 to 40 miles per week. I also do strength training and yoga when I can.
My body shape and size is not an asset for fast running, but the fat that I have on my body is definitely helpful in terms of endurance — I can run, bike, and walk forever. I've faced some criticism, but it's usually from people who are negative about everything; the sport is largely very inclusive. If you look at any race, you'll see a range of bodies: tall, short, big, small, fat, whatever. Those bodies are out there doing their thing, and even if you don't have what's considered a typical 'runner's body,' you can do it too."
On Mirna: Top by Merrell, bottoms by Skirt Sports, socks by Swiftwick, shoes by Merrell