Time Is Running Out To Run The World’s Largest Half Marathon!

I received an e-mail today from the Gothenburg (Sweden) race committee that entries have been coming in at a fast pace and they will be closing the registration window tomorrow, October 31. This race, held in Gothenburg, Sweden, is the largest half-marathon in the world with over 60,000 people running it. I will be running this race next year and it should be a wonderful time! It is easy enough to get to with various airlines and points (which I will write about at a later time) so don’t let the travel part keep you away. This should be a fantastic race and I would love to see some of you there! E-mail me if you register so we can make plans to get together there. Here is what I wrote about this race when I signed up. Obviously, the more the merrier when it comes to races! Well, I have just signed up to run the world’s largest half marathon next year and it would be really nice to... ...

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The Next Generation Business Class Seat?

Business class seats are a perfect way to travel by air. It gives a level of comfort that allows for comfortable sleep, work, and dining. Airlines are constantly trying to improve those seats to be in a better position to gain more revenue from their purchase. These seats could be perfect for that – and for us! Bicycle Seat? We have seen airlines removing first class seats to add more seats in their place. They have bumped up their premium economy seats as well as adding regular coach seats so they don’t mind sacrificing first class for adding more people. There was even a seat that has been built and floated that is really not passenger friendly at all, unless you like to ride bicycles for 12 hours. The Butterfly Seat But this new seat has won the IATA Passenger Innovation Award and the Crystal Cabin Award which should earn it a little bit of consideration by airlines. It is called the Butterfly and allows airplanes to adjust the seats... ...

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Tiberias, Here I Come!

My very first marathon was in January of 2007. It was in Tiberias, Israel and took place just a few short months after I started running. I ran it with the friend who encouraged me to run a marathon just a year before. First Time Running Tiberias I had begun my training in October of 2006 using a wonderful book (the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer) that gave a very simple training program. Right after I started, I ran my very first race – a 5K that I ran in 24:48. The amazing part was that two days before that 5K, I was unable to even run 1.5 miles without stopping. Just three months later, I ran my first marathon and did it in a time of 4:34. I headed out on the out-and-back course faster than I should have. I wanted to meet my friend on the turnaround as close to the halfway point as possible. It was a dumb move and cost me greatly. I reached the 13.1 mile mark in exactly 2... ...

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The New AAdvantage Program And Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop

American Airlines today released their new AAdvantage program for the combine US Airways and American Airlines frequent flyers. The news has made many bloggers very happy as there are not any significant changes (for the American elite) and really will only affect the US Airway elites who are used to getting complimentary upgrades (or at least having the ability to receive them), no matter the elite level. To read the writeups about the new program, check out these posts at View From the Wing and One Mile At A Time. They are both Executive Platinum (AA’s highest tier) members and can provide the best analysis as one who is at that tier. While I have held top tier status on Delta and United, I have never made it past Platinum on AA so they would be able to give a better sense than I would. The New AAdvantage Program Some of the more significant (and nicer) changes that were made were things like: Complimentary upgrades on flights under 500 miles... ...

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Fly Short Thai A380 First Class For $650 ($1,050 R/T)

Yet another nice first class product is the Thai First Class on their A380. This is another product that is going to cost a lot of money to experience if you do not book it as an award. Yet, similar to the cheap Emirates First Class fare I wrote about yesterday, this is on the same route and can be had as a roundtrip for just about $1,000 or $650 for the one-way. I have not flown on it (yet, coming soon) so if you want to read a review on this product, check out One Mile At A Time’s review. If you fly the one-way in reverse (Bangkok to Hong Kong), it will cost you an extra $100. The best option is to use the roundtrip from Hong Kong ($1,050) so you can take advantage of the Royal First Lounge in Bangkok and the ground treatment that goes with. The lounge is reported to be spectacular and caters very well to their First Class passengers. FlightFox, a website of... ...

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Get Sears $200 Gift Card For $170 – Better Than Last Week

Last week, I wrote about a good deal available on Sears gift cards through eBay and now the card is offered again with another $10 off (or an additional 5%). Here is why that is a good deal and why you want it. Get Sears $200 Gift Card For $170 – And Why You Want It Sears and Rewards Sears has the shop your way rewards program that allows you to accumulate points based on what you buy and then you can use those points for future purchases. Sometimes, they have special point offerings that let you get back almost as much as the item cost. To make it really lucrative, you buy the items that let you keep on rolling the points and it will basically be getting you a lot of merchandise with almost no money out. Unfortunately, not all of the deals let you roll the points – getting points when using points on a purchase – but many will. - eBay Purchase Link For Sears Gift Card Sign-up... ...

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Fly Short Emirates A380 First Class For $700 (or $1,045 R/T)

When it comes to first class cabins, there are many people that want to fly different ones just to experience the uniqueness of it. With Emirates First Class on their A380, they offer one of the more unique perks for a premium airline cabin – a shower in the sky. It is really a cool thing to be sure (I got mine just after finishing my marathon in Dubai:) ) but obviously you don’t want to spend $700 just to take a shower. But, if you want to fly on the Emirates A380 First Class, this is definitely one of the cheaper (if not the cheapest) way to experience it without using miles. It is a short flight – 3 hours – but 3 hours is certainly enough time to take in all the bling of the Emirates First Class experience. If you opt for the roundtrip, you can book it for $1,045. That is obviously a much better deal.  If you are interested in business class, it can be obtained... ...

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Use Wells Fargo Card With Apple Pay For Free $20

Wells Fargo is trying to encourage their cardmembers to adopt the Apply Pay system and they are willing to pay you to do so. If you have a Wells Fargo card, like the Wells Fargo Propel card which offers a $400 offer, you will earn a $20 one-time credit when you use Apple Pay with that card. If you use a debit card or prepaid card from Wells Fargo, you will get a $10 one-time credit. To get this credit, you must use your Wells Fargo card through Apple Pay sometime before November 30 and you will receive the $20 credit (for credit cards) or $10 credit (for debit or prepaid cards) within 1-2 billing cycles. Here is the page for the $20 offer and the page for the $10 offer. HT: MacRumors ...

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Good Deal: Canon Powershot Cameras + Canon 7D Deal

The smartphone has reached levels of incredible convenience. It allows us to really do more from a single device than we have ever been able to do. That includes the ability to take some incredible photographs with the built-in cameras and advanced software technology. However, all of that all-in-one technology comes at a price – in fact, it can be a very steep price if we lose that phone and need to repair it. The high-end smartphones with the best cameras will require over $600 (at least) to buy a replacement if we somehow manage to lose it, break it, or get it stolen. That is just one of the reasons why it is still a great idea to have a regular old camera to carry around. Not only is it simple to use but it is also durable and cheap enough to throw in a bag to go or put in a waist pack for a run. ETA: Good Deal on Canon 7D DSLR as well If you would... ...

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