How does one go from casual, three-times-a-week jogger to one of the best ultramarathoners on the planet?
Ask Jeff Browning.
Before the long list of wins (including first place finishes at the 2018 Hardrock 100, 2018 Antelope Island 100, 2018 Pinhoti 100) and course records (2016 Free State 100K, 2016 Western States 100/Hardrock 100 double record, 2014 Zion 100), Jeff was a mountain biker with a pure love of outdoor sport.
“Ultramarathons are a mesh of cycling, climbing and running. I was intrigued by the idea that terrain opened up.“
A unique breed gravitate to ultramarathons, which are technically, any races longer than marathons. But most ultras aren’t exactly a flat, 26.3 miles. They come in many forms: 50k, 100k, 50 miles, 100 miles, and even daylong or multi-day races that can cover hundreds or thousands of crippling miles.
Take for example the Hardrock 100 (which Jeff won in 2018). That race is a 100-mile loop including 33,992 feet of ascent and descent, the most of any ultramarathon in the world. The average runner takes 41 hours to finish the race, running through the night and severe cold. Jeff finished it in 26 hours, 20 minutes.
Growing up on a 700-acre Missouri farm, Jeff was always outside. That seeded into other areas of his life. He played team sports, was an early 90s adopter of mountain biking and worked at a running store, but always considered himself a cyclist–until he was introduced to the 100-mile running distance and the idea took hold. He gravitated to the hardest courses with the biggest vertical changes, enjoying the simplicity of not worrying about a broken chain or flat tire.
It was a process to work up to such large distances. He ran a couple marathons, did 50k and a 50-mile races, and by the time he did his first 100-mile race, he already had several under his belt. He spent the first few seasons figuring out ultramarathons before up-leveling his training and nutrition strategy.
Part of that training includes HVMN Ketone, which Jeff uses all season and has employed on his most recent races and wins in 2018: Hardrock, Pinhoti and Western States.
“HVMN Ketone is like rocket fuel. Mile 55 or mile 75 when it’s time to ‘race,’ I use HVMN Ketone strategically and feel super ‘on.’ You get this clear focus with a ketone surge.”
As a HVMN Athlete, Jeff Browning shares our ethos: conquer the impossible. It’s an approach he takes to each of his races.
At the starting line, ultramarathon spectators see thousands of feet of elevation changes, unmarked trails, days and nights of bone-crunching terrain, a nonstop sufferfest only for the craziest athletes.
Jeff Browning sees a challenge–one HVMN is helping him accomplish.