Number 4 on my #40before40 was to run 850 miles in 2014.
Flashback a decade and setting this target would have seemed like a dream, rather than a potential reality.
Growing up I'd always I enjoyed watching and taking part in sport: football, tennis, cricket, swimming, hockey, basketball and rugby.
Although running was one of the sports at school I didn't really take to. I think that point was bought crashing home when I stumbled across the line to finish last in the 800m at school sports day when I was about 15.
It was a bad performance, although not as bad as when I was entered for the javelin, even though I'd never shown any particular skill in this area.
I was number 13 to throw and as I ran up on a grey, drizzly summer's day, my less than grippy trainers gave way below me and I slipped over. Cue mass howls of laughter from the sidelines as the javelin went about 30 cms over the white line and I landed on my arse.
I somehow kept my feet behind the line and avoided a foul throw, meaning that my misery was compounded and the throw was measured.
As I entered my 20s, I became less active and, for a number of reasons, developed a pretty poor lifestyle. I was unhealthy and overweight.
When I moved to our old flat to Falmouth when I was 29 I decided that one of my challenges I wanted to achieve before I was 30 (in 2005) was to lose weight and get fit.
So, I started to run.
To begin with I could barely get round Pendennis Point, which is just a couple of miles, but I kept going. I kept setting myself targets and kept, literally, plodding away.
I got to the position where I could run round Pendents Point in one go without walking, so I pushed it a bit further, and then a bit further.
By 2008 I'd run my first half marathon (Truro) and my first marathon (New York). I'd also taken part in two triathlons (Perranporth and Helston).
And like Forrest, I just kept running (also, we don't have a shed, so to get some space from the girls and to clear my head instead of going to the shed, I go running).
At some point in late-ish 2012 I downloaded the Log Your Run app to my phone. I wanted to keep a record of how much running I'd done.
On New Year's Eve 2013 I checked the app and it said I'd run around 800 miles.
"Wow!" I thought to myself. That was great, but I think I can beat that.
So I set a target of 850 miles, which I thought would be achievable, but also push me a little bit.
Now, on checking the Log Your Run website, I discovered that on New Year's Eve 2013 I'd misread the data on the app. It had showed me the amount of running I'd done since I downloaded the app, not since January 1, 2013.
In fact I'd 'only' done 664.1 miles during 2013.
|Running total for 2013|
And instead of getting up to 850 miles, I'd recorded 522 miles in 2014.
|Running total for 2014|
There are a couple of reasons for the drop in miles: I played a lot of football in April and May, which meant I was unable to get out running; and I started having session with a personal trainer, so I often did sets of reps instead of going for a run.
Despite being down on my targets, I'm chuffed with the total for 2014.
There were some great runs and events thrown in, such as the Classic Quarter (where I beat my 2013 time), Rock Solid (where I came 271st out of 1880 entrants) and the Rok 5k.
I'll just have to see if I can increase the miles to 800 + in 2015!