Monday Motivation from the NFL

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Having the ability to motivate 53 men to play together for 17 or more weeks, with a common goal of winning a Super Bowl, takes a special kind of coach. We’ve chosen some of our favorite quotes, from the best motivational speeches in football, to celebrate the fact that football is back!

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” –Vince Lombardi

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” -George Halas

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” -Tom Landry

“A winner never stops trying.” -Tom Landry

“Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.” -Don Shula

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” -Lou Holtz

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz

“Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something…hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” -Roger Staubach

“You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.” -Paul Brown

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Sunday Stumper: NFL Trivia

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Take a deep breath…it’ true, football is back! Today is opening day for the NFL, one of America’s greatest games. Which is ironic because today we also remember one of America’s greatest tragedies. 15 years ago, 2,977 people lost their lives, and more than 6,000 more were injured. 8,344 American military personnel have be killed in Iraq and Afghanistan following these attacks. While you watch football today, enjoy yourself, but please take a moment to remember the events that took place 15 years ago.

Last week’s winner of Kazi’s Sunday Stumper is Jacklyn Y..! Thanks for playing.

Thursday To-Do’s

The days aren’t as long as they once were, the nights are getting cooler, and September is in full swing. The kids are going back to school and you just now might be catching a breather from the summer. Good news is, the nice weather hasn’t left us yet!

There are still plenty of opportunities to go run or walk with friends and strangers. Don’t let yourself stay inside this weekend. Get outside and get active!

Upcoming Activities This Weekend 9/9-9/11

Group Runs, YMCA Happenings, and Other Adventures

  • Friday, 1pm, 5:30pm
    • Eugene YMCA
    • YMCA Open Gym Basketball 1pm-3pm, 5:30-10pm
    • See the Kazi app for more details
  • Saturday, 8am
    • Walterville Waddle 5K
    • Course Map 
    • Walterville Community Hall – West of Oakridge, Oregon
    • For more information visit Level 32 Racing
  • Saturday, 8:30am
  • 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, 3pm
    • Congo Kids 5K
    • Kids 1-Mile Dash, Adult 5K Run/Walk
    • Dorris Ranch Park – Springfield, Oregon
    • See Congo Kids 5K for more details

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, September 17th
    • Run For Hope and Health
    • 9:00am 10K, 5K, and 2mi Run/walk
    • Salem, Oregon
    • For more information visit WV Road Runners
  • Saturday, September 17th
    • Prefontaine Memorial Run
    •  10K and 2mi
    • Downtown Coos Bay, Oregon
    • For more information visit Prefontaine Run

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself

We all need a jump start sometimes; something that gives you a jolt of energy to get off the couch and do something, no matter how spectacular or mundane. Unfortunately, there aren’t always inspiring speeches, movies, or songs that are going to do the trick to get us motivated. That’s when you have to rely on your most basic skill of all to get you up and move: yourself.

Now, self-motivation is hard. If it was easy, everyone would be achieving more, be in amazing physical condition, and be striving for new goals every day. Obviously, we aren’t all superhumans who can turn ourselves into motivation machines at the blink of an eye. The reality is, if we practice a few things every day that help us motivate ourselves, we will see a great improvement in our personal inspiration to be active, achieve more, and reach our goals.

Here are the 5 best ways to motivate yourself:

Good Ol’ To-Do Lists

Do this before you go to sleep for the next day, that way you wake up with an action plan and don’t forget what you were excited about accomplishing the day before. 

Setting New Goals

Mix up your goals. If you have been trying to lose 5 lbs in a month, change your goal to being active 20 days this month. Shifting your perception of a goal may be the perfect kickstart to keep you motivated towards achieving it.

Form A Habit

If you are known for getting up in the morning and wasting a bunch of time, try to make a habit of doing something that helps you achieve your goal. Don’t forget to mark it off  your calendar to keep you accountable.

Change Up Your Diet

There may be nothing wrong with your current diet, but changing up what you eat while trying to achieve something new may be the jolt your body needs to identify a major difference in mind and body function.

Encourage Others

Positivity and encouragement is contagious. Don’t be afraid of spreading it, because doing so may just lead to you getting a case of the motivation yourself. Plus, helping others achieve their goals is rewarding for you, as well!

Trivia: All About Tracktown

Eugene is home to one of the most prolific histories of people pounding the pavement on earth. The greats in running history, like Bill Bowerman, Phil Knight, and Steve Prefontaine, have left a legacy of world-class running in the town of Eugene. The combination of old school athletes and new school greats like Ashton Eaton and Galen Rupp help create a running community that is vibrant, growing, and incredibly supportive. No matter if you are an Olympic hopeful, or weekend warrior just looking to get active, Eugene is the place to get your feet moving.

Now, give your brain a workout with this week’s trivia – all about Tracktown USA

Last week’s winner of Kazi’s Sunday Stumper is Joyce G.! Thank you for playing.

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Thursday To-Do’s

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Upcoming Activities This Weekend 9/2-9/4

If you’re looking for some great opportunities to get outside this weekend and enjoy the sunshine while getting some exercise in, we have a few fantastic activities for you. YMCA events, community group, and morning runs, as well as the Hardesty Hardcore Trail Run on Saturday starting at 8am. We hope to see you there! Also, don’t forget to scroll down for our latest upcoming events.

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, 8am
    • Hardesty Hardcore Trail Run
    • 8:00am – 14 mile start, 8:30am – 5.5 mile start
    • Hardesty Trailhead – West of Oakridge, Oregon
    • For more information visit Level 32 Racing

 

  • 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

 

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, September 10th
    • The 2016 Blast 5k
    • 9:00am 5K (3.1 miles) of color!
    • Stewart Park – Roseburg, Oregon
    • For more information visit Eclectic Edge Racing

 

  • Saturday, September 10th
    • The 14th Annual Dayton Fiesta Run
    •  1-mile Kid’s Run-8:30am 5k/10k Run/Walk-9am
    • 401 Ferry Street, Downtown Dayton
    • For more information visit Eclectic Edge Racing

Previewing an Upcoming Editorial

Thank you, Eugene 

When my team and I started our business in Eugene, we were told that start-ups in Eugene are notoriously challenging. Far better, they said, to move to a more fertile city like Portland or Seattle. Funding would be challenging, gathering committed interns and employees difficult, and receiving guidance and mentor support incredibly hard.

However, with the help of my team and the community of Eugene, we have brought our business to a point where we are beginning to nurture relationships with other local business owners and tap into the senses of decency and community that all people in the Eugene-Springfield area know and cherish.

We teamed up with St. Vicent de Paul in early February to sponsor the Truffle Shuffle, a family-friendly race that raises money that goes toward veterans. We have been welcomed into the downtown community and have professional relationships with some local businesses in the area. We have been ably helped by RAIN Eugene and the people we met there. We have been guided, warned off riskier strategic paths,  and included into the fold despite a much lower starting place.

The app we built connects people to locals and their activity groups. So when we think back on it, there is no more poetic a starting place than Eugene, OR.

Thank you,

Ben Nye

Founder, The Kazi App