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Ultra Runner Broke Down From Too Much Running

Wednesday 30 November 2016


From New Zealand's Stuff:


Malcolm Law
Malcolm Law ran 50 mountain marathons in 50 days.
(Photo: Shaun Collins - Cabbage Tree Photography)

Ultra runner broke down from too much running

By Sarah Catherall
November 29, 2016
© 2016 Fairfax New Zealand Limited

Nine months ago, ultra runner Malcolm Law reached breaking point, his body shutting down after years of relentless running and back-to-back marathons.

The 55-year-old spent years running daily, often for hours at a time, striding out up to 150 kilometres a week. Last February, Wanaka-based Law donned his trail shoes for his biggest physical challenge yet - running 50 mountain marathons in 50 days, conquering 42kms of peaks a day without a break. Traversing 1650kms, he raised $521,000 for the Mental Health Foundation for his conquest (the fundraiser is still open) and made a documentary, High Five-O. But the hours and kilometres of pounding and pushing his body over the years finally took its toll.

A year after stepping over the finish line, the father of one was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, brought on from overdoing it. "I really thought I was unbreakable," he recalls. "But I was a basket case."

"I felt very old, very tired, and I had dizzy spells. I had a lot of mysterious aches and pains, headaches, and many and varied symptoms."


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