Staying Fit through Running with Loretta Harland

Podcast #18 of Becoming Elli where fit and strong women over 50 inspire and encourage each other.

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Loretta Harland has completed 21 marathons, qualified twice for Boston and was on a winning 8-person relay team (all women) for the Burning River 100.

“Being fit and feeling healthy means everything as far as our happiness everyday and hopefully adding some longevity to our lives.”

Staying Fit through Running

She started running in high school, but it was in her 20’s that she started challenging herself to run longer distances.
Loretta ran her first marathon when she was in her 30’s. Now that she is in her 50’s, she is competing in triathlons (swim, bike, run.)

In June, she won her age division, in her first Olympic distance triathlon (swim 1500 meters, bike 24.9 miles, run 6.2 miles.) In August, she completed the Ironman 70.3 in Delaware, Ohio, (more than twice as far.)

“I learned this the hard way… you might think that after a half marathon or even greater distance like an ultra marathon, you should just rest, prop your feet up on the couch, but the best thing you can do is keep moving.”

In podcast #18 she shares:

  • How she trains
  • Why she keeps running
  • What motivates her
  • What steps she takes to keep her from getting stiff and sore
  • How she keeps things fun

About Loretta Harland:

Loretta plans to run long distances, play tennis and compete in triathlons into her mid to late 50’s and beyond. Her plan for aging gracefully is to keep active, eat as healthy as possible, challenge her brain by learning new things, and let go of stress.
In her professional life, Loretta Harland, PMP is the founder of PM Trailblazer. It is a company that specializes in training and coaching professionals, managers, and executives in project management, product development, and more. Throughout her career she’s worked with, coached and trained professionals in North and South America, Asia and Europe. Wherever she travels, she finds time to run outdoors.

Loretta can be reached at Visit her company’s website at

In the Quick Tips section of the podcast, Jill shares benefits of fermented food, why they are so important to incorporate into your diet and discusses various fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso paste, kambuchi and yogurt.

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