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Articles by Fat Girl Running

My name is Mirna Valerio, aka @TheMirnavator. I am a native of Brooklyn and current resident of northeast Georgia. I'm a Spanish teacher, diversity educator, cross-country coach, marathoner, ultrarunner and blogger, writing about all things running and living life to its fullest while being a larger gal on my blog, Fatgirlrunning. I have a son who is 12 and a hubby who travels a lot, mostly in West Africa. I try to live by example. We only have one body and one life. We must love our bodies and ultimately our entire selves in order to be whole people, in order to live our lives to the fullest. The road to self-acceptance and self-love is a long one, and one that requires a commitment to loving yourself (and spreading that love to others) no matter how you perceive yourself that moment, day, or year. Get out there and be. And run all the roads and trails.

  • Fat Girl Running's Response To Haters

    By Fat Girl Running

    Mirna Valerio has the most beautiful response to one hater who said some terrible things to her.

  • Athena Runner Shares Her Apparel Struggles

    By Fat Girl Running

    Though still not ideal, there have been some positive changes made in the way of clothes for larger athletes. Some questions still remain.

  • Is My Running Habit Ruining My Marriage?

    By Fat Girl Running

    One runner reflects on her marriage and how running has turned out to be the perfect metaphor of the work marriage requires.

  • How I Select My Pre-Run Breakfast

    By Fat Girl Running

    Each long run distance requires a certain amount of fuel and what you eat for breakfast should vary because of that fact.

  • Here’s What To Consider When Dressing For Long Runs

    By Fat Girl Running

    The right gear can make or break a long run. Here is a guide to dressing yourself from head to toe so you are prepared for anything.

  • I'm Confronting My Fear Of Solo Running

    By Fat Girl Running

    Running solo—no matter the location—can sometimes be scary. Here is how one trail runner is conquering her fear and preparing for

  • What Training Is Like For One Runner With Asthma

    By Fat Girl Running

    After fires broke out in her region, poor air quality led to a diagnosis of asthma for Fat Girl Running. Here's how it changed her training.

  • Why I Say BMI Isn't The Whole Health Story

    By Fat Girl Running

    We need to change the way we think about health and weight and realize that the two aren't always as connected as we thought.

  • 5 Beginner-Friendly Ultramarathons On The East Coast

    By Fat Girl Running

    Think you're ready to move past the marathon? Then ultras are for you and these five are a great place to move up your mileage.

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