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If you install the MS Installer Cleanup tool, perhaps on the recommendation of Adobe for CS3 installation issues as I did you will break MS office. The error you'll get is "Microsoft [Word] is not installed correctly for the current user." As far as I can tell there is no way to fix it manually. I ran the Vista System Restore tool for the very first time ever and it worked.
Also, the Photoshop problem I was having was that all CS3 apps would just start and either hang or no UI would show up. I had to download this Licensing patch from Adobe: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3750
I was able to find a ton of posts in forums and usenet that described the exact problem I mentioned, but no solutions, nobody ever goes back and says "for the record, here's what I did". So I'm doing that now.
I was duly impressed by the efforts of the amputee runner in Saturday's Long Island Greenbelt 50k, but I didn't realize that in the process she set the world record for an amputee runner. She also owns the road marathon record with a stunning 3:05 time. Amazing stuff & congratulations to Amy Palmiero-Winters.
Time: 5:35:14 or so (they still haven't posted the official results)
Overall Place: 11
Overall Male: 10 (The woman that won is a famous ultra runner)
Powerbar Gels consumed: 6
Electrolyte pills: 5
Dixie cups of warm, flat Pepsi: 9
Ounces of Gatorade: 100+
Injuries resulting in blood drawn: 0
Times lost on course: 10
I ran the Long Island Greenbelt 50k trail race yesterday.
It was my longest race to date (previous was 18M) and my first trail race. Path-finding was a major challenge and one that I did not fully anticipate. I got lost a whole bunch of times, but fortunately never for very far or long. The biggest physical challenge was the steep downhill sections. Even though I had limited time training on trails, I had prepared to go up hills well enough to cover the day, but I neglected to train specifically to go down steep inclines and by half way my quadriceps were crying uncle and I was forced to pick my way down hills slowly and often times by grabbing trees to slow my descent. The whole vibe was completely different from a road race, nearly everyone you passed along the way (it was a double out-and-back course) would say things like "looking great!" or "awesome job!".
Since so much of it was a new experience, I'm thrilled to have learned as much as I did and finished with no major catastrophes along the way.
UPDATE: official results posted