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    Posted on Sep 29, 2015

    This Runner Is Getting Noticed For Inspiring People To Run At Any Size

    "I love my body. Other people don’t, but I can't let that stop me."

    Meet Mirna Valerio, a 39-year-old ultramarathon runner.

    She's been in the news quite a bit recently.

    She was profiled in the August issue of Runner's World, covered by People, and was featured on NBC Nightly News.

    Why? Because she isn't what most people picture when they think of "ultramarathon trail runner."

    And she wouldn't have it any other way.

    "I started the blog so that I could share my experiences of marathon training and just being a runner with my family and friends," Valerio told BuzzFeed Life.

    Tammi Nowack Photography / Via Facebook: TammiNowackPhotography

    She was surprised to find that so many people are interested in — and sometimes bothered by — the idea that a bigger person would be a runner. Valerio, who's a Spanish teacher, choir director, and cross-country coach at a prep school, says she's loved running since she started doing it 25 years ago as a high school student so it only made sense to blog about it.

    Now she's doing more than just recapping her races. She's guiding and inspiring people like her to embrace running.

    "A lot of people have said to me 'You being out there gives me permission to get out there myself.'"

    She gives amazingly detailed advice for curvy women about how to buy running clothes that feel and look good.

    She calls bullshit on the whole "aspirational bodies" thing: the idea that only bodies that look a certain way are worth aspiring to.

    Tammi Nowack Photography / Via Facebook: TammiNowackPhotography

    Valerio told BuzzFeed Life that an "aspirational body" shouldn't be classified by what it looks like, but rather what amazing things it might be capable of.

    And she gives step-by-step encouragement for other "fat runners" who aren't sure where to start.

    "I think people need to honor their bodies for what your body can do."

    Mirna, you make us want to run!

    NBC News / Via youtube.com

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