Having spent the last five months mumbling about how I was "about to start training" for the BUPA 30th Great North Run, I thought it would be a good idea to do something about it. It is only two months away, after all.
The intention has always been there... but so have the excuses. I needed a reason to put down my wine glass, dust down my trainers and squeeze into my running gear. Nothing too strenuous - just a little push in the direction of a treadmill or pavement.
The challenge arrived via electronic mail with the words, "hope you're ready for tomorrow!"
I was booked in for a medical with physiotherapists Harris & Ross, who count Peter Schmeichel, Andy Robinson and Jenny Meadows as past clients. It would be almost identical to the kind of medicals you'd get before joining a Premier League club (such as Mr Joe Cole will be undergoing at Liverpool), with a few exceptions - but definitely no favours.
A five-hour timetable was attached with details of the various assessments, including the dreaded beep test.
I was in a sweat just reading it, and in desperate need of a muffin...
Juliette Ferrington is the north of England reporter for 5 live Sport