Mike Dariano


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Emailing Evernote Notes

In my immediate circle of colleagues, friends, and family, I'm the only heavy user of Evernote. Not even my wife, who I run technical services for, uses it. For other platforms this would be a problem. To see Facebook posts or pictures you need to be on Facebook. To have a Twitter conversation it helps to be on Twitter. To Pin things on Pinterest you need to be on Pinterest. To use Evernote you only need email.

I always share notes through email. Notes like details for daughters' school. I can use Evernote to keep an updated note on something, changing it from different devices and then send it over to someone.

We also used emailing notes on our trip to Disney. Disney is rolling out Wi-Fi in their parks but the service is still splotchy. One option would have been to create an itinerary in Evernote and then load and read it from the Evernote app while we were in the parks.* The other option was to create a note in Evernote and then email that note to my wife and me. This worked out much better because pulling up the emailed note on my phone was a lot faster than loading Evernote in the parks.

Another benefit to this was that we were on the same page for where we would be. Most mornings my wife had conference meetings and didn't know when she would be done. These notes gave her an idea of when our FastPass+ reservations were, what park we would be in, and what area of the park she might want to head first. She could call of course but my cell phone service was no better 'down where it's wetter, under the sea.'

I'll also email notes to myself for things I want to have handy when at work. Sometimes I travel to rural schools with splotchy service for my iPhone. In these cases it's nice to have the note information already downloaded from my email account. Sometimes I'll send my wife our grocery list and ask her what she would like to add. Sometimes I'll even add it.

So You Had a Bad Race

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This post is for all the weekend warriors out there – anyone who participates in running, cycling, triathlons or other “race” events.

Whether you participate in these events competitively or not, we each want to do our best every time we go out. Chasing a PR (personal record) is what these events are all about for most of us, even if we tell ourselves that we only signed up so we’d be motivated to train regularly. If that were the case, we’d just lace up our shoes and go run, bike or swim against the watch on our wrist, right? There is something about that “official” time and the environment of competing with hundreds or thousands of other people that ups the ante. That’s why, when a race goes badly, the disappointment is so much greater than when you just have a bad workout on your own. This happened to me this past Saturday.

I ran the Fargo marathon on Saturday with the hopes of breaking 4:30:00 (yes, that’s four hours and 30 minutes – I don’ run so much as plod). I told myself beforehand that if the race were going badly, then I’d settle for just a PR – my previous best time was 4:38:40. My brother and I were running this race together and had been training at similar speeds, and we both thought that 10:00 to 10:05 miles were possible. Unfortunately, that didn’t prove to be the case.

For the first 18 miles, we were nailing it, but at mile 19 my left leg started hurting badly, aching all the way from my heel to my hip. Shortly after mile 21, I walked slowly through a water station, and when I started jogging again, serious pain shot through my left knee. For the next five miles, I walked and jogged at or below 14 minutes per mile, limping the whole time. Much to my chagrin, my brother waited for me. I told him to leave me and try to get his PR (4:42:00) but he wouldn’t. We crossed the finish line together, step for step, at 4:47:28 – my slowest marathon time ever.

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