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A big sigh of relief…

Posted Jun 02 2010 10:03pm

Okay, so plagued by horridness of considering a Mac laptop, I decided to take matters into my own hands first and see if I could fix my computer myself.  This, after checking with a few places who all wanted $200+ to ‘diagnose’ my computer.  I talked with a few computer geek friends and they all agreed that the best thing to do would be to wipe the hard drive and just start over.

So, after a crash course online about wiping a hard drive and re-installing everything from the handy recovery partition, I took the plunge and reformatted my hard drive.  Don’t worry, I went out and bought a trusty external drive to back everything up first.

It was surprisingly easy to completely erase EVERYTHING I have done on this computer over the past 2 years.  I actually started to sweat a bit as I watched the progress bar tick along.  I am now in the process of reinstalling everything and I’ve officially uttered a big sigh of relief.  I have my internet connection working, all of my email imported, Office reinstalled, and all of my music, photos and other files are in tact and just need to be copied over.

Even more importantly, I can breathe a sigh of relief that I don’t have to continue considering a move to the ‘dark side’ (read: Apple).

I also went out for a run last night because I couldn’t bear to be around as my computer was erasing itself.  It wasn’t long, but felt good to get out.  I sort of have a usual route through the neighbourhood so I followed that last night and damn, it felt good to work out some energy and get a bit of exercise.

I don’t have my Garmin handy, but I know I ran for just under 4 km and my average pace was 7:32/km.  I’ve been strangely consistent my last few runs, all right around 7:33/km.  Not too fast, but heck, at least I’m moving, right?

I’ve also noticed that my ankles and the tops of my feet are kind of getting sore these days.  I think it’s because my legs aren’t as strong right now and I don’t think I’m picking my legs up as high as usual.  To compensate, I think I’m using my ankle and foot muscles to make sure I lift my foot high enough off the ground and now I’m worried that I’m going to start affecting my shins.  Ouch.  I’ll just have to be more careful with my gait I think.  Tonight it is hailing and raining (nice June weather, hey?) so no running for me…

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