Having just done my last run for the year, I synced with the computer and got this:

For a moment, I’m feeling chuffed.

The true figure is about 1,100KM as I’ve not included races in the total - plus there’s been the odd time where Zombies, Run! has had a funny five-minutes. Nonetheless, it’s like me running from my house in Cornwall to a small town in Scotland. Admittedly I haven’t done it all in one go, but it’s still a buggeringly long way. I’ve spent 5 of my 365 days this year running.

At the beginning of the year I would never have called myself a runner. Now I’m at the stage where I can run a half-marathon. My speed is gradually improving, my average times are getting better and I feel immeasurably better for it. I’m currently training with a friend and we’ll be entering the Plymouth Half-Marathon together in April next year, giving me an opportunity to beat my previous time. In conjunction with the passing my 2nd-Dan grading back in May, I feel like it’s been a year of achievement. Not all years are like that, but this year was a good one. To start running was the best New Year’s Resolution that I didn’t make.

I don’t know how your year has been, but I hope you have a great 2014.

What If?

Ever had one of those, “What If?”, moments?

Catching up...

It would be fair to say that dalliard.net has had quite a significant time of outage - about six months, if you've been counting. The reasons why this happened are quite numerous, but if you've been reading my ramblings for the last few years it won't be that much of a surprise to you - so consider this some form of half-arsed explanation. At the same time, I can give you a potted summary of what's happened to date, because there's been a fair bit. Really, there has.

FIrst of all, in a move that may surprise you, I now have no internet connection at home. This is because it's reasonable to assume that internet access is prevalent enough in the rest of the world, so I dont actually need to pay for it any more. Hell, you can ever wardrive down the street these days. As an aside, the other thing that bugged me was that I had to pay for a phone-line that I never used just so I could have an internet connection. By killing both off, I've saved myself a good bit of money. Anyway, my cheap and cheerful USB dongle will give me access if I ever get stuck....

As I no longer had an internet service provider, I needed to find other means to host the site. My site is now hosted with a reliable company that only cost me a couple of quid per month and I've used them for years on other projects, so I knew they were a good choice. With the exception of a few minor setup niggles, the transition to the new sever has been relatively painless and everything appears to work. I was starting to lose confidence in my previous ISP anyway, so the decision to jump ship was long overdue.

Apart from all this, you'll obviously have seen from my last posting that I'm going to be a father - and that's all still going to plan. Ms Dalliard is doing nicely and feels like she's about to explode, but I'm looking forward to it all. Things are pretty much set-up and ready for the infamous call of the stork at my door. Expectations are that I'll be getting an early Christmas present - and I couldn't ask for anything more. Grumpy old man I may be, but I love Ms Dalliard and her bump.

Of course, that's not all. I've changed job three times, had a spot of surgery (the stitching of an epigastric hernia) and at the same time have managed to keep my ju-jitsu training going. I shall attempt my black-belt grading in approximately three weeks time.

It's fair to say that it's been a fairly action-packed six months.

Nonetheless, with the transition to a new server now complete and things a bit more settled, I'm hoping that my posts might get a bit more frequent again.

But the big question is - will you still be coming back to read them?

I hope so.