The Annual Marathon Is Near.. Start Training

The Annual Marathon Is Near.. Start Training

A marathon can be a great experience if you do it the right way. If you do it the wrong way, then a marathon can end in agony and potentially irreparable damage to your body. This is why it’s important to train the healthy way. Take you time, eat right, and be sure to get your body in shape well before the marathon happens. This is what the professionals do, and even if you’re not a pro, you have no reason not to prepare like one. They’re the masters of safety, so follow their lead and you’ll be just fine.

Plan Your Routine

As soon as you decide you’re going to run in a marathon, you need to plan your workout routine. Obviously you don’t want to show up on the day of the marathon without having trained in advance thinking that you’re ready to run a marathon. You need to start somewhere, even if you’ve run a marathon before. If you’re new to marathons, then it’s even more important that you plan a routine. This ensures that you’re preparing in a safe and realistic way, which is the way to go. Take a while and plan what stage of fitness you want to be at during every step along the way, so that way you know what to expect from yourself.

Eat Right

To Train You First Need To Start Eating Right

To Train You First Need To Start Eating Right

First things first – you need to improve your diet. All the hard work in the world can be completely undone by a poor diet, so plan that out in your regimen as well. You don’t have to necessarily go on a real diet, just plan out healthy meals. Losing weight isn’t always the goal. Instead, prioritize eating meals that are going to help you get fit. Take in a lot of proteins, and a lot of carbs before you go to work out. You don’t want to not have enough energy to train. Make sure to stay far away from excess fats, grease, and sweets, because those will just slow you down.

Stay Hydrated

While training, bring a water bottle around with you everywhere you go. Heck, bring two water bottles. You have to make sure to stay fully hydrated while you work out. Becoming dehydrated during your training is a surefire way to land you out of the game for months, or to get you in the hospital. It might seem like a pain to carry around a water bottle all the time, but it’ll be worth the extra weight in the end.

Start In Advance

Begin Slow And Go Far

Begin Slow And Go Far

If you want to train for a marathon, then you need to start months in advance. The pros start almost a full year in advance most of the time, so don’t feel like you’re the earliest bird in the game. Besides, you know what they say about the early birds. The longer you take to train, the better you’ll be in the end. This also means that you can take it slow and get the full benefit of the training. The worst thing you could do is come to a marathon and be unprepared for said marathon. Then not only do you look unprofessional, but you also risk getting seriously injured.

Don’t Rush Results

When you’re training, don’t force yourself to go too far at first. You need to build up your endurance over time, so don’t rush yourself. It’s understandable to be frustrated when you don’t feel like you’re making as much progress as you could, but just stick with it. You’re going to improve over time. These things don’t happen overnight, and upping your program too fast is just inviting defeat. Instead, follow your regimen closely. If you aren’t supposed to be above a certain point at that time, then don’t push to go above it. There will be plenty of time to show off when you get to the marathon. The training period is just for you to practice for the real deal, so don’t take it too far and hurt yourself before you even get to the marathon.

The Game: Guitar Hero Was A Big Hit

The Game: Guitar Hero Was A Big Hit

Carry on My Wayward Son, Don’t Stop Believing, Cult of Personality, Eye of the Tiger. Anyone who has heard these songs has rocked out in their car, singing at the top of their lungs, playing air guitar when the solo came around. Guitar Hero gave most of us the chance to emulate our favorite rock stars with a fake guitar in hand. Guitar Hero at the time was one of the most popular games out there, and saw its popularity rise at an alarming rate. However, as the old saying goes, “what comes up must come down”. This is the rise and fall of Guitar Hero.

The Rise

In the mid-2000s, the first Guitar Hero came out on the Playstation 2. It came with a plastic guitar that had five color coded buttons, which were supposed to be played in sync with what was shown on screen. With over 40 songs, ranging from Queen, Black Sabbath, and Sum 41, this game became a hit overnight.

Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock

Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock

Wanting to follow up the on success of the original, the developer quickly made a sequel that offered more songs, more polish, and more modes. It would prove to be another massive hit, winning over the hearts of millions. Again, capitalizing on the success of the first two games, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock came out the following year. Adding over 70 songs, better graphics, and the addition of famed guitarists Slash (from Guns ‘n Roses) and Tom Morello (from Rage Against the Machine), the franchise reached the peak of its fame, reportedly making more than $1 billion in sales. Guitar Hero was everywhere. From action figures, merch, and even South Park dedicating an episode to it, the franchise had never seen such heights, and never would again.

The Fall

Between the release of the first and second game, the developers of Guitar Hero, Harmonix and RedOctane, were purchased by two different companies. Activision acquired RedOctane, and MTV acquired Harmonix. Because of this, RedOctane was able to keep the rights to Guitar Hero, but Harmonix was able to expand upon the genre even further.

In 2008, Harmonix released their first game in the genre, called Rock Band. No longer did you just have guitar as your only option. You were allowed to sing, play drums, in addition to standards of guitar and bass. With the promise of weekly downloadable content, Rock Band quickly became the new favorite in the rhythm game genre. Not wanting to be outdone, RedOctane released their own version of a whole band game called Guitar Hero: World Tour. Rock Band and Guitar Hero would quickly become rivals, but with over 2,000 songs, and more polished gameplay, RedOctane would have to act quickly or they would lose their entire fanbase altogether.

There Is Still A Guitar Hero Community Out There

There Is Still A Guitar Hero Community Out There

Instead of concentrating on quality over quantity, RedOctane came out with Guitar Hero: Metallica, Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits, Band Hero, and Guitar Hero: Van Halen, and Guitar Hero 5, all within the span of a year. Within this time frame, they were taken to court by Courtney Love, the surviving members of Nirvana, and Gwen Stefani. 2010 would be the last release of the Guitar Hero franchise. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock tried to go back to their roots, and provide a game that had an engaging soundtrack, and only guitar. Poor sales came from this return to basics, while Harmonix’s Rock Band was still seeing quite a bit of success.

With the saturation of the rhythm genre, and knock-off games coming out left and right, Activision shut down the entire Guitar Hero division in early 2011. With no games or anything heard about the franchise in the near future, it seems as though a comeback tour for this once-storied franchise looks very slim.

Tumblr Is A Microblogging Platform And Social Networking Website

Tumblr Is A Microblogging Platform And Social Networking Website

The social media revolution has really changed the way that most businesses look at the Internet, and it has come to shape the way that consumers interact with the companies they spend their money with. You might be quite focused on an intensive social media campaign for your company, which could entail setting up pages on websites such as Twitter and Facebook. While these are two of the most popular ways to connect with social media users, have you considered getting your company an account on the social blogging website Tumblr? If not, now is a great time to take a look. It’s the next great way to connect people with your business and generate positive word of mouth and exposure for your brand.

Stay On Top of the Social Media Wave

Be A Step In Front Of Other Business

Be A Step In Front Of Other Businesses

While Facebook and Twitter have been established as social media giants for several years now, that hasn’t stopped Internet users from constantly seeking out new and different ways to connect with each other. If you want to be able to keep up with your audience, you’ll need to follow them wherever they go. Tumblr has been growing rapidly in popularity for several years now, and it’s your advantage to set up an account there before the trend passes you by and you miss out on opportunities. You can publish directly to the site just as easily as if you were making a post to Facebook, and there are plenty of apps out there to make Tumblr an even more powerful tool for your business. You’ll need to do some research on what kinds of posts will be most successful on the site, but it gives you a chance to be more creative with your campaign.

Your Posts Will Have a Longer Lifespan

When you make a post to Twitter and Facebook, you have to rely on retweets and shares in order to get your content out there. Sometimes, you may have to make a number of posts about the same content to make any progress. On Tumblr, if you are able to make a post gain popularity, it can hang around for a lot longer. "Reblogs," the Tumblr version of a retweet or share, do not disappear out of people’s feeds after a few days. They can be continually shared, quickly and easily, and your posts could still be kicking around over a year after you made them.

Redirect Users to a Custom Domain

Use Tumblr To Promote Your Business

Use Tumblr To Promote Your Business

An advantage Tumblr has over over social media sites is that you can enable a custom domain name to load your Tumblr page. In essence, you could turn your company website into a Tumblr page that has both static and shareable pages. Users will be able to quickly find and connect with your company from the first page of search engine results. Instead of having your social media split across a number of sites, you could instead unify them together on a Tumblr page that funnels users directly to the most important information about your business. The benefits to you are numerous, and it’s easy to set up!