Mal Law is a living trail running legend.
His life philosophy is summed up in this one sentence.
Dream Big. Live Big. Do Good. Inspire People.
These are the beliefs that drive his passion for ‘adventures with a cause’.
From early childhood he devoured stories of great adventurers and explorers and always dreamed big and imagined great adventures of his own, but until quitting a successful market research career in 2008 he had lacked the self-belief to actually live big.
That all changed when the idea of running New Zealand’s 7 mainland Great Walks back to back in just 7 days came to me out of the blue. It was a hugely audacious challenge; one that nobody had ever attempted before and it would push him as a self confessed humble ‘weekend warrior’ type athlete, to the very brink of his capabilities.
But he had a special reason for wanting to attempt the unthinkable; what many said was the impossible. He wanted to do good by raising a serious amount of money for a charity close to his heart, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ, because as a 9-year old he had lost his older brother to this cruel disease.
And against the odds I succeeded. What’s more he discovered that in sharing his adventures he could inspire people to push their own boundaries and tackle their own ‘personal Everest’.
Since then he has dreamed up, planned and completed lots more epic adventures and has raised almost $800,000 for charity. He has defied the odds and refused to let his limited athletic prowess define who he is or what I he is capable of. He continues to push his personal boundaries and through writing, film-making and public speaking he continues to tell stories that inspire people to believe, as he does, that ordinary people really can achieve extraordinary things.
His most famous and audacious adventure was to run 50 marathons in 50 days doing 50 mountains in New Zealand. This huge adventure nearly broke him and he had to change the goals along the way due to injuries but in true nature he persevered as best he could and the film from this mission has now travelled with the Banff Mountain film festival all over the world. He had over 300 people involved, the logistics were huge and the project planning immense. It was a project that he admits nearly broke him and he has never quite been the same.
We discuss being "breakable", we discuss the hell hole of depression after huge projects like this, we discuss burn out and how to find balance and joy again in life.
Mal is now inspiring other trail runners through his Wildthings trail runner club and you can join that here www.wildthings.club or find more out about Mal go to www.malcolmlaw.co.nz
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