3 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Placing in Races

With the last of summer/start of fall racing season here, I thought it would be helpful to repost this as you prepare for your races. Good luck throughout the season! Many runners are competitive by nature. The great thing about running is that you get to constantly compete against the best competition – yourself. Running is a great way to push yourself to be faster on this workout than you were last time or you can push yourself to PR at a distance that you have run before. Not only that, but by planning out ways to place better, it can teach you strategies in your running and planning for future races where the competition might be stiffer. However, not only do we try to be faster than we were last time, but we often start thinking about being faster than those we race with. If you run many local races, chances are that you know who your “competition” is. When you line up, you may pick that person out and... ...

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Want To Make $160,000? Write An Airline Jingle!

No, this is not one of those spam ads about how you can make $40,000 a week working 5 hours a week from your home. :)Though, you could do this from home and make more than that in less time if you are really, really good! Aeroflot, the Russian airline, is looking for people to write their English language jingle. They want some great ideas and they are willing to pay for it – to the tune of $160,000 for the tune/jingle. It is always nice to have some input into an airline, yet here is a chance to actually create the marketing tool to draw people by song and get paid! Here are the requirements (as reported by Mashable) “The song must include the word “Aeroflot,” must not include profanity, must be catchy and completely original, should have three verses and three choruses, and must not mention other brands. A Russian translation is also required.”  Do you think you have what it takes to market in music? The submissions can be... ...

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Great Deal: 25% Off Sale Shoes and Many Points

Here is another great deal on shoes. Of course, I am looking at the running shoes, but I know there are many readers that are actually not all that concerned with running shoes, so this has stuff for you as well! 25% Off Sale Shoes … Shoes.com is having another discount on their sale shoes – an additional 25% off! They have a huge selection of various category shoes so this should be a great help for many! Details: 25% off all sale items Use code SALE25 at checkout to get the 25% off Sale is valid through 11:59PM CST on September 2 … Many Points Of course, you are not going directly to Shoes.com! If you go through one of many shopping portals, you can earn many valuable points as well as getting the discount. Note: Portals always say that you will not get the points if you are using a code that is not on the website, but this code is published on the website. The portals that stand out are... ...

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A Great Perk Of The United MileagePlus Cards

Disclosure: I do not receive a commission for this card. The United MileagePlus cards have gotten a lot of blog ink over the last few weeks as the public offer has been hiked up to 55,000 miles (plus a $50 statement credit) for people who have not had the bonus in the last 24 months and do not currently have the card. That is a 66% increase over the regular offer so it is something to excited about! But, even with the attention on it, many people still might forget about one of the perks of holding a United MileagePlus card. A Great Perk Of The United MileagePlus Cards I will say up front – this “perk” is one that I have always thought was an insane use of miles and one that should never be considered for the savvy traveler. However, finding myself in a couple of travel situations recently, I saw the tremendous value that is possible with this and how it can be wonderfully suited for some... ...

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Credit Card With Easiest Sign-Up Bonus

Credit cards typically offer generous sign-up bonuses but they come with mandatory spending thresholds to earn those bonus points. For the most part, those thresholds are not too severe – mostly in the range of $1,000 – $3,000 over the space of three months (with outliers in both the spending category and the time allowed to do the spending). Credit Card With Easiest Sign-Up Bonus Disclaimer: I do not receive a commission for this card It is always nice to get a card that requires very low minimum spending. Cards like that are the US Airways Mastercard that requires a simple purchase (and payment of the $89 annual fee) to earn the sign-up bonus. But, even better than that is the card that gives you the bonus upon opening the account! That’s right – no spending necessary. Just apply for the card and once the card account is open, you will receive the bonus miles within a few days. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card Application Link – Alaska Airlines Visa Signature... ...

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Great Aegean Fare Sale

Aegean Airlines gets quite a few mentions on US blogs for being a foreign carrier, especially one that does not service the US. But, that is because their elite program is the easiest track to achieving Star Alliance Gold status – and keeping it! But, even though most people just look at Aegean as an easy way to get Star Alliance Gold, they actually have a very good airline as well. It is (almost) always the first airline I fly when making connections and I always find their lounges to be sufficient (better than most domestic US airline lounges) and the airline staff and service to be excellent. If you have opportunity to fly on Aegean, then you absolutely need to try it! Great Aegean Fare Sale Thanks to a recently announced fare sale (through 9/9), that can actually be done quite cheap! It actually beats out cheap European airlines like EasyJet and Ryanair with these prices, and it is a better airline. To be clear, not everyone will be... ...

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Not Targeted In the Hyatt Promotions? Take Your Pick!

Last week, Hyatt began rolling out a bunch of targeted promotions. Strangely, I was not targeted (as a Diamond) but my wife was (as a Platinum). I was not the only one to not receive one of the many Hyatt promotions. It did not make me mad or anything, but I sure did miss not being included. Pick Your Hyatt Promo I heard that many people were calling in to inquire about it, but I decided to start with e-mail to see what could be done. After a couple of days, I received a response apologizing for not having be included and asking me to send the page for the promo I wanted to be enrolled in! Shortly after that, I received confirmation that I was enrolled for that promotion. I cannot guarantee that this will happen for everyone that inquires, but it is worth sending a quick message! You can sending an e-mail here. You may want to consider saying something about how you were disappointed to not be targeted... ...

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Free Weekend Rental From Avis

Last week, many bloggers wrote about the fact that Avis gives new Avis First members a free, two-day, weekend rental. This mirrored my experience that I wrote about last year here when I was downgraded to Avis First. I actually had forgotten about the two-day rental because it was only usable in the US and I had been in Europe. Fortunately, I remembered it again and used it back in June. Free Weekend Rental From Avis The good news is that it is very easy to get Avis First and then you too can get a free, two-day rental. All it takes is to have a World Mastercard – cards like the Barclaycard Arrival Plus and the Citi Executive AAdvantage cards, for example, would work for this. After you enroll for your Avis First status (through this link), you should receive the e-mail with the free rental offer within the next few days. Make sure you keep your eyes out for the e-mail and ensure it doesn’t go to your... ...

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JetBlue 20% Off Fall Sale

Last week, JetBlue ran a promo sale of 25% off award bookings. Now, cash bookings are getting some sale love. The discount is at 20% (instead of the 25% offered on awards) and it is only off of the base fare, but it can still give some great discounts on any travel you have planned for this fall. JetBlue 20% Off Fall Sale Details: Must book before August 27, 11:59PM EST Is good for travel through 9/3 – 12/8 Blackout dates are for 10/13 and 11/20 – 12/2 for all plus Newark and 11/1 – 11/8 for Newark only Bookable for flights on Monday – Thursday and Saturday Roundtrip purchase necessary (and both outbound and return must be on Monday-Thursday or Saturday to receive the discount) Good for any JetBlue cities in the US (including Puerto Rico) Go to www.jetblue.com/promo to redeem Code is FALL2014 If you have travel plans for this fall, definitely head over to JetBlue to see if the discount works at all in your favor. Of course,... ...

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