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Saturday, March 26, 2011

March Madness-Spring Has Sprung

This winter has been particularly difficult here in the northeast. With the near record snowfall totals and the colder temperatures, the snow really piled up and lead to a number of roof collapses. Luckily, there were very few casualties. At last, the snow has almost totally melted away and spring is here. This is perhaps my favorite time of  year because of the return of warmer weather and the NCAA college basketball tournament.

March Madness brings with it an opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament and the possibility of  winning a national championship for college fans across the country. College basketball helps me get through the winter months for sure. As I write this post, I'm basking in the glory of my Alma mater, UCONN, making the Final Four tonight after beating a very good Arizona Wildcats team. I've also noticed that my runs have been a bit more energized lately because of UCONN's tremendous run, winning the Big East tournament with five consecutive wins in five days and their success in the NCAA tournament so far. Go Huskies!

All this running and basketball stuff brings me to a realization. We all need to find that motivation to set goals and to work hard to achieve them by using whatever things help get you cranked up. It doesn't matter whether it's a college basketball game, a winning lottery ticket, a new friend or a family accomplishment, to name a few,  just use it as motivation to help yourself and others. Positive energy can be very infectious and lead to success in many areas, both personal and professional. So over the next week or so, sit down and think about the things that make you feel good. Then channel that energy into a plan with goals for the year. I'm betting you'll surprise yourself this year.  Now let's go!


  1. I really enjoy the NCAA tournament as well. Everyone has a chance, and there are so many great games. Seeing upsets certainly is exciting and motivating. This year is no different. I didn't have UConn going this far in the bracket I filled out, but that has gone bust ever since Duke lost. Best of luck to the Huskies!

  2. Ken thank you for stoping by. I hope you had a good race today. The 30k went just as I planned. I like your blog, very positive and uplifting. Finding motivation within is the best not easy but the best way to achieve our goals.

  3. Hey Jon,

    So who do you root for? I'm guessing Duke or is that just a pool pick? And what gives with VCU?


    Was that 30K a race you did? My run was just a training one. It also went well even though the temperature was a bit cool.

    Thanks for stopping by guys. I'm looking for a race to do in several weeks, maybe a 5 miler.

  4. the 30k went well I really didn't push it too much I wanted a true training run but I know that if I had done it on my on it would have been slower. I was running much of the race on my own so that is something to consider. Yes is was cold sunday.

    Here is the site I shop for my races:) hopefully there is a 5 miler there for you

  5. Hey Dawn,

    Thanks for the site. I'm familiar with it.

    I was wondering about you doing back to back races of that length. I hope you don't mind me giving you a little advice. Make sure you give yourself time to recovery from races and hard workouts. I've learned this the hard way and had to take time off from running. Also, watch out not to increase your mileage too drastically from week to week.

    Glad that you had a good run though.

  6. yes I know, been there, trying to recover burn out but what can I say I am a raceaholic!! :)

    Happy running

  7. Nice post! Finding motivation is a big deal, specially today. Stay positive!
    Enjoy the run :)

  8. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Love March Madness!


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