A Beautiful Work in Progress ~ A Discussion with Author Mirna Valerio

A Beautiful Work in Progress ~ A Discussion with Author Mirna Valerio

Mirna Valerio is a native of Brooklyn, NY, a former educator and cross-country coach, ultramarathoner, newish cyclist and skier, and author. Mirna’s athletic story has been featured in the WSJ, Runner’s World, on NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in the viral REI-produced documentary short, The Mirnavator. Her writing has been featured in Women’s Running Magazine, Self Magazine Online, Outside Online, and Runner’s World Magazine. In 2018 she was chosen as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and in early 2020 appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show and Access Daily, and most recently was featured on the Today Show. When not playing outdoors, she is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant who focuses on bringing reluctant communities to the work of social justice. She currently lives, works, and trains in Vermont.


The next edition of the Joy Trip Reading Project discussion featured ultra-marathon runner Mirna Valerio, author of the Amazon bestselling memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress. On Thursday January 20th at 6:00PM Eastern Time our group gathered on Zoom to talk about this remarkable memoire that defies our commonly held misconceptions about health and fitness.

Mirna Valerio photo by Egide Foxworth

“In this prejudice-busting, body-positive memoire told with raw honesty, an adventurous spirit, and a shar sense of humor, Valerio takes readers along on her journey from first-time racer to ultramarathoner and proves that anyone can become a successful athlete.”


A Beautiful Work In Progress

Author discussions on the Joy Trip Reading Project are made possible thanks to the support of the University of Wisconsin Madison Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, Seirus Innovations and Outdoor Research.