We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenni Nettik and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenni, what’s your definition for success?
I’ve thought a lot about what success looks like for Mercuria Running, and it’s something I re-evaluate each year and talk about with my coaching partner, Brittany Charboneau. There are three things that define success for Mercuria Running. First, are we building community, confidence, and connection with our athletes? Our number one goal is for our runners to understand — they matter, as people and athletes. Second, as a business owner and coach, am I still enjoying time outside doing what I love? No matter how much Mercuria Running grows, I never want to lose sight of why I started coaching — spending time outside, helping athletes to dream big, move in a healthy way, and achieve their goals. Finally, does my work allow for travel? Seeing the world is a priority in my life, and growing Mercuria Running in a way that values that is essential to our success! That means Mercuria Running includes in-person and online training coaching options, as well as training training camps like Mercuria Mountain Camp.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
At Mercuria Running we’re all about developing relationships with our runners! We know that our athletes are people first, and running is just one piece of what makes them thrive! We encourage our runners to dream big, and we help them reach their goals, while having fun with intentional training, mental strategies, and form coaching! Our runners often exceed their own expectations with our support! We’re also known for taking creative approaches to training, both Coach Jenni and Coach Brittany are artists too! At the start of the pandemic in 2020, Mercuria Running started Team Mercuria a free virtual run club that offers creative ways to keep the joy in running!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting, I’d take them to some of my favorite places! We’d start the day by walking to coffee at Method Collective, then we’d head out to the trails in Golden for a run. On the way back into town, we’d swing by Berkeley Park Running Company on Tennyson St. to say hello to Phil the manager and grab some trail gear for our next adventure. Then we’d head down to Maci’s Cafe on Boulder St. to enjoy one the best paninis in the city, the Rusty Runner (named after our very own Coach Brittany Charboneau). At night we’d swing by Highland Tap and Burger for dinner — they make some of the best burgers in town, and in non-pandemic times, they host our run club HTB Run Club on Wednesday nights. After dinner we’d head to Family Jones for an Avocado Daiquiri, and enjoy the cozy atmosphere. The next day we’d start at Downpours on Tennyson St. for a mocha (made from ground chocolate bars!) and a grilled gluten-free veggie breakfast burrito. Then we’d head to Runners Roost – Lakewood to grab some new shoes for our next adventure! After our adventure, we’d swing by Strut in Highland Square and let owner Elise style us for the night, and then head across the street to Prefect Petal to find an unusual gift or some fresh flowers for a friend. We’d finish the week by scheduling a massage with Nicole at Green Sky Massage so we’d all finish the visit relaxed.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I believe that being successful means surrounding yourself with people who believe in you and want you to do well! My husband, Guido Zarrella, encouraged me to take the leap from teaching — to owning my own business! I needed the little nudge to step outside my comfort zone after teaching art for 10 years. My clients have been my biggest cheerleaders and supporters! Referring friends and family and encouraging me to expand my offerings! I’m really lucky that runners are good people who support each other! Over the past 8 years, I’ve also developed a network of other experts that support my runners and my business! I’d like to give big thank you to Physical Therapist Lara Canham at Cascade Sports and Injury Prevention, Dietitian Amanda Turner of Children’s Hospital, Strength and Conditioning Coach Josh Clark of LoHi Athletic Club, Massage Therapist Nicole Greenhouse of Green Sky Massage, and my colleague, Coach Brittany Charboneau also known as The Funny Runner.
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