Thursday To-Do’s – 9/30-10/2

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Attention Mud Runners, Kazi is sponsoring Terrain Race: EUGENE this Saturday, 10/1! Get out and GET DIRTY! There will be waves starting every half-hour, beginning at 8:00am, and ending at 12:00pm. For more information, visit the Terrain Racing website.

Upcoming Activities This Weekend 9/30-10/2

Group Runs, YMCA Happenings, and Other Adventures

  • Friday, 1:00pm and 5:30pm
    • Eugene YMCA
    • YMCA Open Gym Basketball 1pm-3pm, 5:30-10pm
    • See the Kazi app for more details
  • Saturday, 8a-12p
    • Terrain Race: EUGENE (Mud Run) 5K, 10K, and 1/2 Mile Kids Race
    • Camp Harlow
    • For more information visit TerrainRacing.com
  • 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
  • Saturday, 10am
    • Umpqua Strong 9K Run + 5K Walk
    • Stewart Park, Roseburg Oregon
    • For more information visit UmpquaStrong.org

Upcoming Events

Fall Motivation

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Last Thursday brought us the first day of fall; a season that ushers in red, orange, and yellow leaves, cool days, cooler nights, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes! With that said, some of us may need to refocus on our fitness goals, while others meet their goals and must write new ones. Wherever you are on your fitness journey, Kazi can help you reach your goals!

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” -Hippocrates

“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” -John D. Rockefeller

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” -Bruce Lee

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” -Orison Swett Marden

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” -Mark Twain

“Energy & persistence conquer all things.” -Benjamin Franklin

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Agatha Christie

(Source: The Huffington Post)

Monday Motivation: Back to School Edition

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Back to School season is finally here! Some of you have been in school for several weeks, while others are trying to squeeze the last bit of life out of summer. Let’s look at some quotes that will keep everyone (parents and students) looking forward to crushing goals this year!

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” –Taylor Swift

“You’re off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” –Dr. Suess

“Work hard, nap hard.” -Demi Lovato

“Sometimes you have to do what you don’t love, so you can do what you love.” -Unknown

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” -Steve Martin

“Be curious, not cool.” -Unknown

“Sometimes we’re all too quick to count down the days that we forget to make the days count.” -Unknown

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” -Oscar Wilde

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible!” -Audrey Hepburn

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle

(Credit: seventeen.com, lifehack.org)

 

Sunday Stumper: Exercise and the Human Body

The human body is one of the most intricate machines in existence. We all have one, but how much do you about yours? Take the quiz below, and if you don’t already know the answer, you’ll leave knowing more than you did!

Last week’s winner of Kazi’s Sunday Stumper was Bobby W! Thanks for playing!

 

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Thursday To-Do’s – 9/16-9/18

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Half-marathon season is alive and well in Oregon with several to choose from over the coming weeks. Be sure to check out the weekday runs at Eugene Running Company and Run Hub NW as well!

Upcoming Activities This Weekend 9/16-9/18

Group Runs, YMCA Happenings, and Other Adventures

  • Friday, 1:00pm and 5:30pm
    • Eugene YMCA
    • YMCA Open Gym Basketball 1pm-3pm, 5:30-10pm
    • See the Kazi app for more details
  • Saturday, 9:00am
    • Run For Hope and Health
    • 10K, 5K, and 2mi Run/walk
    • Salem, Oregon
    • For more information visit WV Road Runners
  • 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
  • Saturday, 10:00am
    • Prefontaine Memorial Run
    •  10K and 2mi
    • Downtown Coos Bay, Oregon
    • For more information visit Prefontaine Run
  • Sunday, 7:30am

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, September 25
    • Florence Half-Marathon
    • Miller Park (Florence, Oregon)
    • For more information visit Pink Buffalo Racing
  • Sunday, September 25
    • Race for the Ace 5K
    • Alton Baker Park (Eugene, Oregon)
    • For more information visit Eclectic Edge Racing
  • Sunday, September 25
    • Corvallis Fall Run Festival
    • Central Park (Corvallis, Oregon)
    • For more information visit Corvallis Kiwanis

Kazi To Sponsor The Eugene Mud Run

A runner at the Terrain Racing Mud Run splashes through a mud pit obsticle Saturday morning at Camp Harlow. The race, visiting Eugene for the first time, was a three or five mile run with the track peppered with a variety of obsticles including monkeybars, hay bales and barbed wire covered mud pits. (Michael Ciaglo/Oregon Daily Emerald)

On October 1, Kazi will be sponsoring the Eugene Mud Run.

Here is some info for our valued readers. See you on the 1st!

Available Start Times

Early waves fill up fast, register now before the spots are gone! If you’re trying to join a friend in a wave that is already full, ask them to create a team and when you join their team you can race at the same time they are.

The Competitive waves have prize money and cost $15 extra.

Early waves are super popular and cost more, but don’t worry, the later waves are just as good!

The fastest female and male athletes in the Competitive 5k and 10k distance will be awarded a cash prize

What is included in the registration fee?

  • ShirtComfy and stylish, plus free Gear Check to store it at.

    MedalThis is some serious bling!

    BibHang your wall to brag about your achievements on the course!

    Photos
    Photos of you on the course.

    Drinks
    Refreshing beverage at the finish, and aid stations on the course.

    Obstacles25+ obstacles to conquer!

Location

Camp Harlow
3850 County Farm Road
Eugene, OR 97408

Parking is $10 per vehicle, please carpool and bring cash.

Teams

You can race on a team or solo, but mud runs with friends are so much more fun!

After buying an entry, you can decide if you want to race on a team. You will have the option to create a new team or join one. So you don’t have to sign your whole team up at the same time.

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Photo Credit: Eugene Emerald

How the new Apple Watch can help your workout

On Wednesday Apple released its new iPhone, announced the arrival of the AirPod and heralded a significant update to the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is quickly turning into one of the must-have gadgets for the athlete who wants to exercise, track the exercise and still look good doing it.

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The Apple Watch offers some neat features that can quickly become addictive and a part of your exercise routine. Here is a rundown of the features you might use most often:

  1. Built-in GPS. Prior to the new Watch (series 2) position tracking was done by tethering the Watch to your iPhone. This means that if you were to exercise without your iPhone, the Watch would recognize the distance of your activity by essentially counting steps. Now, you can get more accurate location tracking because the GPS is right in the phone!
  2. Heart rate sensor. Knowing how your heart rate trends over time and during a workout can be highly useful information not only for your own interest but also for medical purposes.
  3. SwimmingWe are most excited about the swimming applications in the Apple Watch. The new Watch is water resistant down to 50m which means you can swim with the watch! What does this mean? You can track what type of stroke you perform, how far you go, how many calories you burn, stroke efficiency and other analytics that can actually coach you on how to be a better and more efficient swimmer. We have written about how cadence is an important ingredient in running efficiency and the same can be said for swimming.
  4. Breathing coaching. When your day is stressful and you need some time to decompress, the Watch can help you by encouraging deep breathing. You will respond refreshed and ready to handle what the world throws at you the rest of the day.

So give it a chance. We will be trying it out in the near future as well. This certainly seems less like a gadget and more like a lifestyle.

Kind of like Kazi.

(Image credit: MacRumors)