Zooma interview with Jenny Jurek

Zooma ambassadors got the chance to submit interview questions to Jenny Jurek. We’ve compiled them all here for you.

Jenny has designed a women’s only line of hydration and fuel belts called the Jenny Collection.

Designed by women for women

We brought together a group of talented female runners and paired them with lead designer Jenny Jurek, to create a line of products that are designed specifically for female athletes by female athletes. (source)

Read the interview here and head over to Ultimate Direction to see the line of products. There’s a coupon code at the bottom of this post for 20% off your order.

Question from: Kristin, A Mom on the Run (http://www.amomontherun.com)

  • What do you use to hydrate on your long training runs? I use an Ultra Vesta with two 10oz bottles in the front and a non-hose Platypus bladder in the back with another 20oz of water.

Question from: Cori, Olive to Run (http://www.olivetorun.com)

  • What do you do during your “off season” to stay active and fit? In the winter I nordic ski and I rock climb year round.

Question from Lisa, Lisa Runs for Cupcakes  (http://www.lisarunsforcupcakes.com/)

  • What is your typical recovery routine? Scott’s more the expert on recovery so I drink what he drinks which is 20oz of Clif Shot drink mixed with 15g of protein powder within the first 30 minutes after my workout. I like taking a Vinyasa Flow yoga class the day after a long race or hard workout because it keeps me from getting too sore the next day.

Question from Landi, Preserving Pollyanna (www.preservingpollyanna.blogspot.com)

  • Do you participate in any other sports sucj as cycling or triathlons either as a method of cross training or to keep running fresh? Climbing is my only other consistent sport. I like to go for long rides and I swim, but not competitively or with any regularity. I lift weights and do kick boxing twice a week too.

Question from Sarah, How My World Runs (http://howmyworldruns.com)

  • What is your favorite pre-run fuel or meal? I’m not a huge eater before I run. I usually run first thing on the morning so it’s on an empty stomach. But if I do run later, I love eating an avocado sushi roll before I go!

Question from Jesica, Run Ladylike (http://www.runladylike.com)

  • As runners, we are constantly searching for ways to fit everything in. What tips do you have for balancing training and the busy schedules you and Scott have with family and life outside of running? Communication and routines are helpful. Every morning we wake up and discuss our schedules for the day before we head out for a run. We are big fans of errand runs where we will stop by the bank, post office or grocery store on the way home to save some time. Whoever gets home first starts making breakfast and we try to function like a team.

Question from Megan, A Better Year to A Better Life (http://abetteryeartoabetterlife.com)

  • How do you keep yourself injury free? When I’m training for a race, I try to follow a schedule where I have recovery runs and off days planned in. I also do strength training and a lot of low impact cross training like climbing and yoga.

Question from Cynthia, You Signed up for WHAT?! (http://yousignedupforwhat.com/)

  • Do you have a favorite memory of a particular view during a run, or moment during a race, that has always stuck with you? I started train running when I lived in Seattle so I have a lot of nostalgia for the Northwest. One of my favorite races was my first 100 miler, the Cascade Crest 100, because it was in the Cascades and my bff Krissy paced me for the last 45 miles. Just finishing gave me a huge amount of confidence in myself, in pursuing my dreams and in life in general. It was a big moment for me.

Question from Mary, Minutes Per Mile (http://minutespermile.com)

  • When you were conducting research to design the Jenny Collection, what was the most common complaint you heard from women about most distance running gear? (ex. chafing, bouncing, low quality, too heavy, poor fit, etc) And how does the Jenny Collection address this issue? The biggest complaint I heard was about poor fit. An ill-fitting pack or waistbelt will bounce around and can cause chafing. I started the designs based on women’s bodies and curves and made sure there were plenty of adjustability options on the Ultra Vesta.

Question from Colleen, Live Free and Run (www.livefreeandrun.net)

  • What motivates you to run? Mountains and fresh air!

Question from Alex, The Run Within (http://therunwithin.wordpress.com)

  • What is your one thing in training you can’t live without? My iPod shuffle.

Question from Katie, Healthy Heddleston ((http://katieheddleston.com)

  • What is your favorite go-to breakfast for long runs? I’m not a huge eater before runs, but if I’m going to be out lobger than two hours I like to eat a small bowl of oatmeal  with a banana.

Question from Lindsay, Lindsay Weighs In (http://www.lindsayweighsin.com)

  • What is the biggest piece of advice that you would give to a new runner? I would suggest finding a running buddy. It’s always easier to make time for a run when you have somebody counting on you. Stop by your local running store and see if they have any group runs, those are a great way to meet other runners and get involved with the community a little more.

Question from Melissa, Eat on the Run (http://eatontherun.net)

  • What is the most essential part of your training, the one thing you know you can’t give up and still succeed? Track workouts. It’s easy for me to get stuck at one pace for my training runs and I can easily get too comfortable. I like hitting the track twice a week to work on my speed.

Question from Courtney, Eat Pray Run DC (http://eatprayrundc.com)

  • What is your favorite fuel to store in your ultra vest for a long run? It’s hard to choose just one, but anytime I have a Bearded Brothers energy bar is makes me happy. They are all organic raw vegan and amazing! I also really like Margarita Clif Blocks, the saltiness is a nice way to break up all the sweet gels. (http://www.beardedbros.com/)

Question from Jennifer, Runs with Pugs (http://runswithpugs.com)

  • What are some techniques you use to get your head back in the game if you find yourself discouraged after not-so-great performances or injury/illness? I wish I was better at this but I still get disappointed with myself and question if I could have pushed harder or trained better or whatever. But I try not to beat myself up and turn the disappointment into motivation for the next event.

If you find something you like from Ultimate Direction, use the coupon code below when you order.


The coupon expires 2 weeks after the Zooma Texas race, April 12.

Don’t forget to use the discount code TXAMB9 for 10% off the Zooma Texas race. Hope to see you there!

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