“I see two bear cubs… I freak out and hyperventilate. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I just passed their mom.'”
Ultra runner and Merrell Global Ambassador Mirna Valerio, aka “The Mirnavator” takes us through her journey to become the warrior she is today, and then shares an adventure story involving a run-in with some bear cubs with a mother not too far away. Enjoy!
23:15 Adventure Story: The Bears
28:30 “I was done. I didn’t make the cutoff, and I was okay with it. I had put in some good miles.”
29:00 “If you go to the right, a dogs gonna chase you and you might get shot, but if you go to the left, you gotta go back.”
31:00 “Deep in there, I thought I saw some eyes.”
35:40 Nathan Hydration pack.
36:10 “So here I am, all by myself in between two bear cubs and their mom.”
46:10 “You summon it up, because you have to.”
47:59 “You just gotta jump in and not think about it too much. The more you try to process something before it happens, the more likely you are to take yourself out of it.”
51:15 “I finished the Javelina 100K race in October 2015. 62 miles out in Arizona, in the Desert.”
53:19 “Running is technically when both feet are suspended in there air, even for a millisecond.”
56:00 Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery.
57:30 Bryon Powell’s 100 mile race training. “Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons.
60:00 More products discussed with Mirna:
–“A Beautiful Work In Progress” A body positive running memoir by Mirna Valerio.
–Fat Girl Running – a blog by Mirna Valerio.