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How To Get A Flat Stomach

Guest Article by Fitness Expert and Triathlete Ben Greenfield

Whether it’s a sign of health, beauty, virility, or movie star status, a flat stomach is something that many people all over the world crave. This is because a flat stomach is so hard to get. It can indicate full-body strength and it is essential to powerful performance.

In this article, you’ll learn how to get a flat stomach safely, effectively, and with zero liposuction involved. Continue Reading →

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I Survived My First Marathon!

Andy Richardson (pictured left) is a blogger at Start Running for Beginners. He trained for his first marathon using Angie’s Official Guide Ebook.

November 5th, I embarked into the unknown territory of running a marathon for the first time. During that time I found why they call this ‘endurance’ running. It wasn’t the prettiest race, and with a time of 4:54, I did not break any records. But I did somehow pull myself through those last few miles, and now I can join the ranks of that small segment of the population that calls themselves a marathon runner.

Ready, Race!
I found my way to the starting line of The Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon along with 15,000 half-marathoners and about 5,000 full-marathoners. You could taste the excitement and anxiousness in the cool morning air. Continue Reading →

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Six More Miles!

Andy Richardson is a blogger at Start Running for Beginners. He is training for his first marathon using Angie’s Official Guide Ebook.

With just a few days to go until my first marathon, I have a few thoughts I wanted to share with the MTA community. I think this title “6 More Miles” summarizes where I am right now in more than one way.

Six More Miles is Not So Hard . . . (I Think)
Just a few weeks ago, for the first time I was able to reach the 20 mile mark in my long run. It was actually the first time of running one of these really long runs that I thought I might actually be able to finish a 26.2 mile marathon. Usually when I would get back from the long run, I was absolutely spent, but the last two long runs were a little different. I know that I will have to run 6 more miles than I ever did during my training, but I really feel like I can run those 6 miles, and finish my first marathon. Continue Reading →

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The Final Surge

Andy Richardson is a blogger at Start Running for Beginners. He is training for his first marathon using Angie’s Official Guide Ebook.

I had been running for 14 miles when it happened . . .

My run started at 6:15 a.m. when it was dark and much cooler. But after running for over two hours things had changed. I was now out of fuel, not to mention energy.

My cardio endurance was doing okay, but my legs were burning, and seemed to have turned to jello. I still had three miles to get back home, but it might as well have been another 14 miles. I was unsure if I would even make it back to the house. Sound familiar?

Motivation to Keep Going

At that point I had a thought that gave me some motivation to keep going. I realized that my race day was approaching quicker than my mile pace, and if I wanted to finish the marathon I needed to get some good long runs in over the next few weeks. After all, my marathon date of November 5 is just a few weeks away. I knew that now is the time to work in order to be ready; and I knew it started with this training run.

You see – before that day, my best run was about 14 miles. For a long time my training had hit a plateau, and for some reason I just could not get past running that distance. But this new revelation hit me like a ton of bricks, and I knew it was time to really have a final surge in my training in order to finish the race, much less have a good race time.

So back to my training run: you know…. legs burning, body aching? Right. So I just kept asking myself how I would feel about myself later if I gave up. I thought about how I would feel if I came up short during the race. These thoughts pushed me forward. I just told myself to keep going; keep going; keep going.

I did keep going, and somehow I was able to eek out that 17 mile run. I may have had to walk part of that last 3 miles, and I definitely did not break any records, but I did it. But when I was done with that run, make no mistake about it, I physically felt terrible. I didn’t even have enough energy to do a proper cool down. (Shh, don’t tell Angie). And part of me wondered how I would ever be able to run another 9.2 miles.

With time though, I began to rest and recuperate from the run. By the way, isn’t it funny how runs are not nearly as difficult when you are back at the house in the air-conditioning as they are when you are chugging along. Anyway, with time I started to feel better about myself, and my ability to run the race.

The Surge in My Training

I realize that my body is building strength and endurance each day, and that I will probably be fine as long as I can train right these last few weeks. I have built a good base over the last several months, and now is the time to surge to the finish.

I really want to hit the 20 mile mark in my training runs before I actually run the race, and I will make one final surge to finish strong with my training and ultimately the race. I have spent months just building up to this point, and now is the moment of truth. I am confident in saying that I am ready for it!

What do you think?
Are you ready to make a final surge in your training so that you can be ready for race day?

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Love and Hate of the Long Run

Andy Richardson is a blogger at Start Running for Beginners. He is training for his first marathon using Angie’s Official Guide Ebook.

In training for my first marathon, I understand the importance of the long run. Some days my long run is great, and some days the long run is not so great. You could say that I have a love hate relationship with the long run.

Let me share with you some ways that I love (or hate) the long run.

I Love Long Runs Because…. Continue Reading →

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What Your Friends Say About Running a Marathon. . .

Guest post from Andy Richardson author of Start Running For Beginners

One of the cool things about running a marathon is that it gives you something to talk about with other people. There is just something about the ‘M’ word that gets people’s attention. Even non-runners typically respect the idea of running a marathon whether or not they encourage you.

But I especially enjoy meeting and talking with other marathoners, new or experienced. The topic can often give you something to build a friendship on.

Not too long ago, I was talking with a neighbor of mine about my upcoming marathon (Rock and Roll Savanah Marathon), and it turns out that he is running the same race. We spoke for some time in my front yard about marathon training, and being an experienced marathoner, he gave me some thoughts on what to expect.

Here are a few pointers I thought I would share with you. Continue Reading →

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My Biggest Mistake Yet

From Guest Blogger, Andy Richardson – This is the third post in a series where Andy discusses his personal journey of training for his first marathon.

Juggling a Busy Life with Marathon Training
As a slightly off-topic point, I wanted to share that my wife and I will be having a baby this December! This will be our fifth child, but we do not know whether it is a boy or girl.

I have a busy life to juggle while training for this marathon. The MTA Official Guide talks about making choices in life, and deciding what I need to cut out and what I cannot cut out in order to make time to train.

I personally decided that I am not going to miss out on family time in order to train. That means getting up a little earlier, adjusting my work schedule, and cutting out things like television and the computer. I am also going to start turning off the iPhone when I get home at night because I look at that thing way too much!

The biggest challenge, of course, is working long runs into my schedule. Continue Reading →

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No Turning Back

From Guest Blogger, Andy Richardson – This is the second post in an ongoing series with the Marathon Training Academy where Andy discusses his personal journey of training for his first marathon.

Ready to Rock!
Well, it is official! I just signed up for my first marathon. I am going to be doing the Rock and Roll marathon in Savannah, Georgia – which happens to be close to my home in Beaufort, SC.

So, now that I have signed up there is no turning back! And, I am certainly not going to let the readers here or my family down either! I will be running the marathon on November 5, 2011. They will have bands set up throughout the 26.2 mile journey, which will be pretty cool. Who knows, maybe a power song at mile 18 will be just the thing I need to keep going. Continue Reading →

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How I Went From Boring Runner to Hopeful Marathoner

The first thing you are probably wondering is ‘who is this guy, and why should I read what he has to say about running a marathon’?

Well, I am a friend of Trevor’s (hopefully that counts for something!) as well as a blogger. Recently, he and I were talking about running.

I mentioned to him that I am planning to run my first marathon in November of this year, and we thought it might be cool to track my progress using the MTA Official Guide and provide regular updates of my progress while using their system. Continue Reading →

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Prepaway – 10 Ways to Pass CompTIA A+ 220-902 Exam Easily

CompTIA A+ is an important certification for the individuals who work on the technical support and IT operational roles. In order to earn this credential, the candidate should pass two foundational tests. One of them is 220-902 exam, and in this article, we will focus on how to prepare for it. The exam tests the candidates on the areas such as installation and configuration of the operating systems. The skills acquired through this certification test are networking, software troubleshooting, operational procedures, hardware and network troubleshooting, and Windows operating systems.

Description
Exam 220-902 requires the candidates to answer 90 questions in 90 minutes. The exam includes the questions of the following types: drag-and-drop, performance-based, and multiple-choice. In order to pass the test, one must attain 700 points out of possible 900 points.
The certification exam can scare even an experienced and qualified IT professional, and that is why it is important to learn the most effective preparation techniques. However, passing CompTIA 220-902 exam should not be daunting if you use these highly effective tips:
Read the exam objectives carefully

Before you start preparing for the test, it is important to be acquainted with 220-902 exam objectives. Thus, you will get to know the key concepts of the course that you can expect to be mentioned in the questions. It is not wise to get to the exam room clueless of what CompTIA A+ certification is about and what to expect. The test objectives will help you to direct your energy towards the specific study areas and develop the most effective study approaches.

Purchase CompTIA Certification Guide
Certification guides are meant to provide the students with all the knowledge needed to ace the exams. The CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide is no exception as it gives the candidates some in-depth insights into the aspects of CompTIA A+ credential.

Make use of practice test questions
Practice tests are priceless in helping the candidates to prepare for their certification exams. Candidates will have an experience with the questions they are likely to encounter in the exam. The practice tests provide the report with the correct answers and explanations why the other choices are wrong. Setting yourself to pass CompTIA 220-902 exam with practice tests goes a long way to boost your confidence before taking the exam. There are a number of online sites such as Prepaway that provide updated 220-902 questions and answers verified by the tech experts. For example, you can use Prepaway CompTIA A+ Certification Practice Test Part 10 220-902 Exam Questions.

Utilize CompTIA training videos
A number of computer professionals create the useful content to help the candidates to prepare for their certification exams. A lot of training videos are available on YouTube, ExamCollection, PrepAway and the candidates should actively watch these materials. It will be very useful for you to take the short notes on key topics and keywords while watching. If there is an area of knowledge you do not feel satisfied, watch the video multiple times and ensure that you’ve caught the concept. After watching, check the information provided in the videos with those on the certification guide or any relevant textbook you use in your study.

Set up your own computer
It is advisable for the candidates preparing for CompTIA 220-902 exam to have access to a computer or printer you can use to have some hands-on experience. This is because a huge portion of CompTIA A+ Practice Test Questions 220-1002 is dedicated to the hardware. Keep it in mind and try to build your own computer. Besides the satisfaction and exhilaration achieved, one gets familiarized with the hardware and its components. In addition, the process will help you to master the key areas related to RAM, HDD, SSD, CPU, and GPU. This makes tackling the test much easier.

Establish a test lab
A well-thought test lab would contain a screen, a personal computer, and organizing segments. It might also contain router, switch, and other systems administration parts. With this fundamental set-up, you can begin practicing for 220-902. Don’t simply set-up a lab, make a proper use of it. Practice complex assignments like overclocking your CPU and turn into a specialist at BIOS administration. Utilizing a test lab will help you to set the key concepts in your mind.

Find a mentor
A mentor is someone who will take you through all the difficulties of CompTIA 220-902 exam. Try to locate a nearby tutor from a neighboring institution, data innovation field, or the Internet. A mentor becomes invaluable in setting the pace for your preparation. In addition, a good mentor will provide you with the psychological support.

Do not Panic
The main reason people fail certification exams is not because of insufficient knowledge, but because of the panic. The rooms for testing may have an intense atmosphere. Just stay calm and trust your knowledge. Remember that exam is the only platform that offers an opportunity to showcase your utmost knowledge. More importantly, you can always try again in case you fail.

Watch the time
In case you spend more than 2 minutes for a question, mark it and move to the next one. Tackle the easy questions and then get back to the hard ones later. It is not necessary to answer all the questions correctly to pass the exam. To pass the test, you need to plan your time properly.

Conclusion
If you will follow the tips mentioned above, you will easily ace CompTIA 220-902 exam. The most effective way to get the motivation is to look at your end goal: the certification and the chance to stir up your career. We wish you good luck with your certification exams!

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Huawei HCNA-HNTDH12-211:Remarkable Approach to Pass the Exam with PrepAway

Huawei is one of the top IT solution providers that have obtained a great position in the global information and communications technology. They have achieved a highly competitive position in the telecom and enterprise networks and cloud computing. Huawei is currently serving over one-third of the world’s population because more than 170 countries and regions are currently using ICT solutions, services and products provided by Huawei.

Huawei has a goal of building a better-connected world and enabling the future information society. Current reputation and the future goals of Huawei indicate that there are lots of opportunities available for individuals that want to become a part of this industry. Huawei offers multiple certificationsfor individuals that want to become a part of their journey.

Huawei has shared detailed information about these certifications on their official website. So, you can take a visit to their website to take a look at the areas where you may grow your skills. Today, we’ll talk about Huawei H12-211 exam because it is the first step you can take to become a part of this industry.
Read more about ICT solutions at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_and_communications_technology

Overview of Huawei H12-211 exam
Huawei HCNA-HNTD certification exam is the first step towards success as it helps you take a quick start in the ICT world. The exam covers the basic information about routing principles and technologies including IPv4 and IPv6 based application services, network management, IP based security, WAN technologies, RIP and OSPF for IPv4 and IPv 6 networks.
The exam is quite easier as compared to other IT exams but the hard work and regular practice are still very important.

After taking this certification, you can start your career as a support technician, systems engineer and network engineer. But we recommend that you should continue growing your skills because it will enable you to become a giant in the networking world. The training program for HCNA exam is available on the official website of Huawei.
You don’t need to have prior technical knowledge if you want to take this exam. However, the general familiarity with PC operating system is a must as it makes the exam preparation process easier for you. Anyone that wants to become a network associate can take this exam.

Why is Huawei H12-211 certification (HCNA) so popular?
We have already described the importance of Huawei certifications but when it comes to talking about the most popular Huawei certifications Huawei HCNA-HNTD appears at the top of the list. The major reason for its popularity is that it allows you to start your career in the IT industry within a few weeks. And the best part is that the certification is open to all, therefore, a huge number of candidates take this exam every year www.prepaway.biz.
Another reason for its popularity is that it opens multiple career paths for you and it allows you to grow your skills to an extent. The most remarkable thing about this certification is that the IT professionals can attain this certification within the shortest feasible period.

How to pass Huawei H12-211 exam?
Huawei H12-211 exam is a great approach, therefore, there are many candidates that take this exam every year. And the best part is that Huawei management team has provided all the essential resources that one can use to prepare for the exam. The only thing that candidates need to know is to use those resources properly. If a candidate has properly used all the important resources available at official vendor’s website, we guarantee you that he/she will definitely pass the exam.

Huawei H12-211 exam details
As we have mentioned before that Huawei H12-211 exam tests your skills under various categories so, you need to polish your skills in them in order to pass the exam with good marks. The duration of the exam is 90 minutes and the candidates should obtain at least 600 marks out of 1000.

Huawei H12-211 exam dumps
Huawei H12-211 exam dumps are highly recommended because they would provide you an overview of the questions that will appear in the upcoming exam. The thing is that you need to use the most reliable website, such as PrepAway. It’s has gained its popularity among candidates, as the dumps available at PrepAway are downloaded by the real exam takers. This fact testifies that they are the most updated and actual. In addition, PrepAway’s dumps are checked by IT experts, this implies that the questions and answers here are valid. So, you can use those dumps to stay prepared for the exam. Thus, PrepAway is one of the most authentic platforms where you can find the perfect dumps for the Huawei H12-211 exam.

Tips to prepare for Huawei H12-211 exam
Huawei H12-211 training course is available on the official vendor’s website. And that is enough for those who want to pass the exam. However, if you want to obtain higher marks, then Torque IT is another popular platform that provides proper training for the exam. The practice is the major aspect that is usually overlooked. We recommend that you should focus on practicing your skills so that you may understand all the important aspects of the exam.

You should keep in your mind that the training courses can only clear your concepts about different technologies but they can’t provide you with complete information about a particular field. The complete information is available in the books that are launched by the official vendor. Huawei Networking Technology and Device and the Lab Guide are the most important books you can use to prepare for the Huawei H12-211 exam.

Make sure that you also go through Huawei Product Manuals because they also provide you with information about the technologies that are used in those devices. And finally, the mock exams provide you the confirmation that whether you are eligible to pass the exam or not. The mock exams are available on the official vendor’s website but you should keep in mind that the questions that appear in the mock exams are only a part of your practice. And the questions that appear in the actual exam can be different than those of mock exam.

Conclusion
Huawei is a well-known enterprise and its importance can never be underestimated. If you have decided to take Huawei H12-211 exam, you should go for it because it is going to open multiple opportunities for you. Still, you need to be well-prepared for the exam, for that, use the most authentic prep materials from the official website first and to hone your skills, get the dumps from PrepAway website. Be Huawei certified, boost your career now!

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