Ultra Trail Runner Brenda Bland

Episode 120 – Ultra Trail Runner Brenda Bland

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Jill and Chris met Brenda Bland in the Becoming Elli Facebook group and knew she should be on the Fit Strong Women Over 50 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 at high altitude
  • Completing the 80-mile self-supported Tuscobia Winter Ultra sled pull at the age of 62.
  • What are Fat Ass style runs?
  • How she plans solo mountain hiking in Colorado
  • How she trains for all these events – exercise, fueling and mental focus
  • Better ways of having a longer health span
  • What motivates her in the face of adversity

Links we discussed:
Trail Sisters
Brenda’s Instagram account (Note: I love her incredible photos in the mountains! Chris)

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