Sunday Trivia: Running

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Ready to test your running IQ? Check out this week’s Sunday Stumper and put your running knowledge to the ultimate test!

Last week’s winner of Kazi’s Sunday Stumper is Lisa A.! Thanks for playing.

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The PokeWorkout

The Pokemon Craze is here. It’s available, it’s everywhere, it’s a new reality!. Well, it’s augmented reality, but many people already can’t tell the difference. People are using Kazi to meet up, buy battery packs, and slay Pokemon together. It is happening all over in every corner of the United States. It happened today in Atlanta, GA and it happened last week in Eugene, OR.

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But if you are like me, you have attended one of these gatherings to find that your measly Level 8 Pokemon Trainer has nothing even close to that of the Level 15s and the Level 20s. This weekend, you need to do something different, step up your Pokeslaying game and return to work at Level 25.

But this raises a couple of thorny questions. First, how do you do this without taking three days off from work? Second, how can you possibly catch up to these Pokemasters?

Today, Kazi answers your questions in a few simple steps:

  1. Create a Kazi Pokemon Group. A group will give you the incentive to follow through on your commitment. Meet on both Saturday and Sunday at a large public park. For example, if you are in Kennesaw, GA, meet at Kennesaw Mountain. In Eugene, try the University of Oregon, or Spencer Butte, or Mt. Pisgah. These places are where we all know that the Pokemon are hiding.
  2. Before you arrive, hit as many Pokestops as you can. Collect all the Pokeballs you can so that you don’t have to worry about running short on supply when game time rolls around.
  3. Speed train. Sprint as fast as you can until you feel your phone vibrate. Catch the Pokemon and then continue with your sprint. If you want a great workout, this is best done going uphill. Your quads will be screaming at you the next day, but it will be worth it.

Having done all this, then show up at your next Kazi run with your Level 25.

Thursday To-Do’s

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Upcoming Activities This Weekend 7/29-7/31

What an exciting weekend we have ahead of us! Two events to look out for are the Cascades Lake Relay this Saturday, and the Devil’s Dam Dash 5k on Sunday. Also, be sure to scroll down for our latest upcoming events. Have a great weekend and get moving!

Group Runs, YMCA Happenings, and Other Adventures

  • Friday, 11am
    • Eugene YMCA
    • YMCA Cardio Tennis
    • See the Kazi app for more details

 

  • Friday, 1pm, 5:30pm
    • Eugene YMCA
    • YMCA Open Gym Basketball 1pm-3pm, 5:30-10pm
    • See the Kazi app for more details

 

  • Saturday, 6am
    • Cascade Lakes Relay – Bend, Oregon
    • 216 M Relay
    • For more information check out the Eclectic Edge website

 

  • Saturday, 9am
    • RunHub NorthWest, 515 High St. in Eugene
    • RunHub NorthWest is excited to host Saturday morning runs (4-8+ miles)
    • For more information check out the Group Runs page

 

 

  • Sunday, 10am
    • Devil’s Dam Dash – Lowell, Oregon
    • 5k
    • For more information visit Level 32 Racing

 

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, August 6th
  • Sunday, August 20th
    • Monkey Face Half Marathon & 4 Mile Race
    • Half Marathon 8am, 4 Mile Run/Walk 9am
    • Start/Finish Line Smith Rock State Park
    • For more information visit Pink Buffalo Racing

Tuesday Testimonial: CrossFit Champion

There are few active endeavors more gruelling than being a CrossFit athlete. There are also few workouts that push the human body to its limit like the CrossFit experience. Undoubtedly, there are few exercise types that gather so many people together in such a tight-knit community to become the best versions of themselves as possible. The CrossFit games have just ended, and now is the time to prepare ourselves to continue taking on our goals once more.

I have now been given the title of Fittest Man in History because of the insane combination of running, Olympic lifting, and pure strength contests that the competitors must go through in the CrossFit games. This is not the best looking, nor the most defined body title. It’s not about who can be bigger or more trim than others. This sport is all about the sheer will to take yourself to a level of fitness that is unmatched. 

CrossFit has a culture that promotes others’ wellness, as well as your own. It’s about bringing other people along on a journey to be your best self and the community around that mantra is incredible. CrossFit gyms have blown up across the country and offer a great meeting place for those who want to get involved in the workouts. If you are a solo warrior who can’t afford the often times spendy cost of attending a CrossFit gym, find others who are like-minded and want to get started in the sport. Look no further than and the Kazi App, and you can find a running or other fitness group that is encouraging folks to get outside. Not to mention you can facilitate your own group if that is your goal. 

At the end of the day, it isn’t whether you can do it all alone. Getting active and getting healthy is about what is best for your body. Though I have taken this sport and made a living from it, many of us are just trying to live a healthy, long life. Pursue a healthy, whether it’s CrossFit, or running, or playing ball at the YMCA, and pursue your passion with others. 

The Power of Optimism

We all have moments when we are down in the dumps. Down on ourselves, our jobs, or our health. In these down times, it is easy to let negativity fill your mind and immobilize your actions. When we come from a negative perspective, logical or fearful appeal rarely works in picking us up. It’s when we take the positive view on the outlook of our lives that we are really encouraged to do something.

This summer, when you feel like the long summer days won’t end, embrace the opportunity you have to get outside. Call up the guys for a basketball game, or rally the gals for a walk in woods. If you need a little kick in the shorts to get moving, read and re-read these quotes of optimism.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston S. Churchill

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t; you are right.” – Henry Ford

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”                                       ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”                                                              ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”                                                                    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” ― Albert Einstein

“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.”                                                             ― Philip K. Dick

“You get to be on earth. First of all, oh my god, what a location.”                                                                       – Louis CK, What You Get With A Basic Life 

(Photo Cred: Bennet Offices, Quote Cred Linked)

Sunday Trivia: Ultimate Frisbee

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The game of Ultimate Frisbee has demonstrated that it requires a higher level of cardiovascular fitness than any other field game. Think you’re an Ultimate Frisbee expert? If so, take a shot at this week’s Sunday Stumper!

Last week’s winner of Kazi’s Sunday Stumper is Beth B.! Thanks for playing.

Fill out the form below and the winner will receive a Kazi prize!

Why Russia Will Run in Rio

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The big, huge, larger-than-life news this week that Kazi was focused on was not in OH-IO but rather in the upper echelons of the IOC – the International Olympic Committee. At stake is Russia’s eligibility to participate in this summer’s Rio Olympic Games. The WSJ explains:

Less than three weeks before the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, an independent probe on Monday produced the most damning evidence to date of a vast, state-sponsored doping program run by Russian sports officials that included corrupting the testing lab at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

For the International Olympic Committee, the report sets up a choice as delicate as it is momentous: whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games.

Last month, the IOC formally supported a ban on the country’s track and field team competing in the Games because of state-sponsored doping, and will now face considerable pressure to keep out the entire Russian delegation.

The evidence in question?

Among the findings was a system for identifying and replacing dirty urine samples during the Sochi Olympics…

Well naturally, this has been a point of contention among the finders of these facts, which have conveniently surfaced just three weeks before the Games. The United States contingent is “shocked” at the revelations:

IOC President Thomas Bach said the findings “show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympic Games.” Travis Tygart, who leads the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, called the allegations “mind-blowing.”

The drama!

The coincidence…

In all seriousness, it must be nice for the intrepid researches to have found such damning evidence at the last possible moment. The Sochi Games took place over two years ago, and with 15 business days left before the Rio Games commence, the bottle has been uncorked, the evidence found, the skeletons unearthed.

Moreover, these forensic findings become exponentially more challenging to uncover with each passing day. Materials can be destroyed, tampered with, or hidden. There is less manpower dedicated to revealing fraud and PED use in the years after a Games than leading up to it or at the Games itself.

Russia President Vladimir Putin is taken aback by the findings. That paragon of virtue and honesty has no place in his heart for cheaters, apparently:

Putin, who said there is no place for doping in sports, also suggested the doping scandal appeared to be an attempt to “exert pressure” on Russia.

Putin would clearly never condone the use of performance-enhancing drugs in an effort to bring glory to his nation when they are the hosts (or at any other time). Never.

It is disheartening to see drug use continue to be the headline in elite athletics. The fact is that of course Russian athletes were doping, just as the Chinese did in 2008 and the Canadians did in 2010…well, maybe not the Canadians, unless maple syrup is a drug.

But the point is this: The IOC will not suspend Russia because the facts have materialized too late and I suspect they don’t have enough evidence to truly convict the Russian delegation. There is one simple reason why this is coming to light today. It is to dissuade the use of PEDs in the Rio Games by proving that they can and they will catch the cheats and ban them.

So don’t pay attention to these doping stories.  Pay attention to the athletes. Most are clean and their work is a spectacle that should be admired and applauded.

(Image Credit: IBTimes)