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Join co-hosts Jill McCauslin and Chris Brown on the Fit Women Over 50 podcast for the Becoming Elli Community where women inspire each other to become fit and strong.

Becoming Elli is a group of women who are focused on healthy living and getting fit. We discuss fitness, nutrition, and ways to age gracefully.

Jill and Chris interview experts and share their insights about losing weight, keeping it off, working out and becoming fit and strong. Hear from others who are making it work, become inspired and motivated.

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Dec 13, 2022

Jill and Chris met Brenda Bland in the Becoming Elli Facebook group and knew she should be on the podcast.

Brenda Bland is an endurance athlete who has been running, hiking and biking most of her life. She took up running longer (for fun) in the late 90’s while helping her teenage daughter get more fit and healthy. Running her first ultra in 2003 at age 44, Brenda has run dozens of ultras all over the US, which is one of her favorite types of road tripping.

Brenda considers herself an average runner and has worked hard to build and maintain her health though diet, physical and yogic exercises. During a long journey of varying degrees of joint pain, GI issues as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder, she continues to research better ways of having a longer HealthSpan than is currently thought possible.

As Brenda continues to grow in her 60’s, she plans to keep enjoying the great outdoors as long as possible.

During this podcast we discussed:

  • Running the Leadville 100 at the age of 50
  • Completing the 80-mile self-supported Tuscobia Winter Ultra sled pull at the age of 62.
  • Fat Ass style runs
  • solo mountain hiking in Colorado
  • How she trains for all these events - exercise and fueling
  • Better ways of having a longer health span
  • What motivates her

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