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User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Sep 24, 2017 8:09 AM (UTC)
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Autumn is hands down my favourite season for running. Cool temps and beautiful colours.
#altrarunning #embracethespace #zerolimits #lonepeak

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User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Mar 17, 2018 3:04 PM (UTC)
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Day 2 on the Camino was everything thing I ever wanted it to be and more. We set off with the intention of doing 15 km and breaking for lunch. We met up with Carina and Johannes from Germany and ate up 30 km in a single push. As we crested mountains we talked of everything from spirituality to our goals and dreams in life.
The Camino takes away all the filters and masks people hide behind and is a glorious pilgrimage that accepts everyone! A truly indelible St. Patrick’s Day 🇮🇪☘️
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Mar 16, 2018 8:55 PM (UTC)
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Day 1 on the Camino was undulating, wet, stormy, and wild.
It’s incredible just how much northern Spain looks like Ireland. We pushed through to finish out the day with 21 km of tough hiking. Getting caught in a hailstorm in the dark with no lights was the highlight.
Sleep will be welcomed.
#camino #caminodesantiago
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Mar 11, 2018 10:25 AM (UTC)

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User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Feb 28, 2018 10:20 PM (UTC)
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Seven years ago I clicked a button on a running website that said "Connect with runners in your area." Tim's was the first face I saw. I was newly sober and going through a divorce. I was working through some deep hurts in my life and desperately trying to find my place in this world. In a time when I felt abandoned, this guy showed up, looked me in the eyes and said, "I'm with you!" When I had nowhere to live, I slept on his sofa. When I had no food, he and his wife Rachel always had a place at their table for me. Back then I had NO idea how he would end up shaping my life for the better. -
During these years he has been a mentor, friend, confidante, counsellor, and brother. We have run together, climbed mountains (both figuratively and literally) together, played music together, spoken at conferences together, eaten boatloads of sushi together, laughed together and cried together. We have championed each others victories and grieved each others darkest hours. His selflessness, sacrifice, and encouragement has given me wings to accomplish more than I ever dreamt I could. -
His birthday may have been last week, but tonight is the official celebration as he's visiting Paris for a few days. And check this: it coincided with the At-The-Drive-In show we saw tonight. They blew our minds and added yet another lifetime memory to a friendship I can't imagine a life without.
Love you, Tim.
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Feb 9, 2018 11:55 AM (UTC)

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.” - H. Jackson Brown Jr. •

#altrarunning #embracethespace #zerolimits #Altra #altrafrance #ultrarunning #ultramarathon #trailrunning #running #sobriety #ThisIs40 #trails #optoutside
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Feb 8, 2018 3:29 PM (UTC)

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Sometimes you gotta get off the fence, and swing for the fence!
Today was my first run in over two weeks. I took some time off to rest, reflect, and prioritise. These past few days I started to even doubt if I’d ever run strongly again. The murmurings inside my head—coupled with low level anxiety—left me with little confidence in my ability to explore outdoors the way I love to. -
The voice of doubt (or as I call it, the voice of satan) robs individuals—and the world—of so many great things. How many meaningful projects or acts of beauty never come to fruition because of doubt? If you’re “thinking” about committing to something, why are you still not chasing after your goal? Stop thinking about it and just do it! That book you’ve always wanted to write, start writing. The weight loss program you’re too afraid to start, get out that door. The play you want to audition for, get after it. That goal that’s only a seed in your mind, make it happen. You may not succeed or it may not go the way you planned. But it might just change your life in the process. -
Sometimes you gotta get off the fence, and swing for the fence! •

#altrarunning #embracethespace #zerolimits #Altra #altrafrance #ultrarunning #ultramarathon #trailrunning #running #sobriety #ThisIs40 #trails #optoutside
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Feb 7, 2018 6:55 AM (UTC)

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I was a month shy of my 13th birthday when this kid entered my world. I was protective of him then. I’m protective of him now.

When Seán was small, he was perpetually curious. Always listening, absorbing, mimicking. By the time he was 10 he had a finely tuned riposte and could hold his nerve as an entertainer in front of a dozen adults.

When he was in his teens, he took after me and started drumming. Years later on a trip home from England, he showed me his drum room. “Ok, lil bro, show me what ya got.” When he was done shredding a QOTSA and SOAD song, I knew the student had become the master. Then I took him to London to see Tool for the first time. He still likes to berate me for staying drinking at the bar whilst an up-and-coming support band called Mastodon were playing.

And now? I guess everyone knows who he is. But to me he’s always been (and always will be) my little brother. Many people gauge success in life by how high up the ladder you can climb. I’ve gauged his success not by the heights he has scaled, but how he has reached down to raise up those around him.

Celebrating 28 years of you today, Seán. Happy birthday!
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Feb 2, 2018 8:13 AM (UTC)
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Go where you feel most alive!

User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Jan 27, 2018 10:34 AM (UTC)
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My running this year hasn’t started the way I’d planned. I’ve been trying to push through lethargy but each run is lacklustre and a struggle. I’ve decided to take a few weeks off to let my body recuperate and to allow the passion to return.
Running is a huge part of who I am but it doesn’t define me. My worth is not based on performance or achievement. Sometimes it’s vital to hit the reset button and take a break. 📷: Dylan.
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Jan 23, 2018 8:45 AM (UTC)

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“I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path.” Soledad O'Brien
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Jan 16, 2018 11:08 AM (UTC)

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I need to get back to the mountains SOON!
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Jan 12, 2018 10:08 AM (UTC)

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What works for someone else, may not work for you. Dont structure your life in accordance to the way others live. Find where you thrive! •

#altrarunning #embracethespace #zerolimits #Altra #altrafrance #ultrarunning #ultramarathon #trailrunning #running #sobriety #ThisIs40 #trails #optoutside
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Jan 9, 2018 8:24 AM (UTC)

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“He could've tuned in tuned in
But he tuned out
A bad time nothing could save him
Alone in a corridor waiting locked out
He got up outta there ran for hundreds of miles
He made it to the ocean had a smoke in a tree
The wind rose up set him down on his knee

A wave came crashing like a fist to the jaw
Delivered him wings "Hey look at me now"
Arms wide open with the sea as his floor
Oh power oh

He's flying
High wide.” @pearljam - Given To Fly

#teamaltra #altrarunning #embracethespace #zerolimits #altrafrance #ultrarunning #ultramarathon #trailrunning #running #pearljam #giventofly
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Jan 6, 2018 7:23 PM (UTC)

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I could have spent the entire day in front of my computer working on projects and sending emails. It’s those times that I have to force myself out the door and get the miles in. I’m so glad I have the option to spend time in nature as there’ll always be another email to send. I’ve never come back from a run and regretted it. Opt outside! •

#teamaltra #altrarunning #embracethespace #zerolimits #altrafrance #ultrarunning #ultramarathon #trailrunning #running
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Jan 3, 2018 1:59 PM (UTC)

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If you’re interested, here’s some goals I have for the year: - learning more at the feet of some anointed teachers. I imparted a fair bit last year, this year is about learning and going deep. - running 2,000 miles (3218 km). - journaling a lot! I used to be a rabid documentarian of my thoughts. Must get back to it. - practicing grace and thankfulness. This might sound like some guru crap, but it’s much harder to do than to say. - take more than one retreat. I do one each year to recalibrate. This year I want to deep dive into my soul. - take more social media detoxes than last year—which totalled six weeks. - volunteer with an organisation I believe in. •

#teamaltra #altrarunning #embracethespace #zerolimits #altrafrance #ultrarunning #ultramarathon #trailrunning #running #2018goals
2017 was a well-beaten path. My annual Wrap-Up is on my blog - Clickable link in bio.
Merry New Year!
2017 was full on! Seriously.
But, IG is -1% of a snapshot of that. You see the cool scenery and me running around. What you don’t see are the days of anxiety and depression, or the days where I fail as a husband/friend/dad etc. We tend to display the very best side of ourselves on social media and not the one where we’re sobbing over a bucket of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream at 4 a.m.— ok I’ve never done that but you know what I mean.
Next year I want to use this platform I’ve been given (very surprisingly to me, at least) to tell better stories and engage more responsibly.
I am so very thankful for the thousands of comments this year. I wish I had time to respond to them all. Thanks for deeming my feed worthy to of your time. It touches my heart.
A very merry Christmas to you and here’s to more adventures in 2018. •

#teamaltra #altrarunning #embracethespace #zerolimits #altrafrance #ultrarunning #ultramarathon #trailrunning #running #soberlife #sobriety #sober
Super fun to surprise Skype these guys on their charity stream tonight.
Proud of you guys!
#SaveTheChildren #JackTheHalls
User Image malcolmwriter Posted: Dec 12, 2017 8:57 AM (UTC)

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Seven years sober.
Seven years ago today I wished I was dead. But out the ashes of alcoholism rose a new life of redemption and living each day as an imperfect but sober human.
These photos are from my days of having at least a beverage or a hash pipe in my hands at any given time.
I wrote some thoughts on my blog to mark the occasion.
You can see check it through this link:
Clickable link in bio. Thanks for all the love and encouragement over the years. Here’s to year #8!
#soberlife #sobriety #sober