100 Miles Is Nothing....

100 Miles Is Nothing....

From Gord Lang

Recently, we lost Murph after a valiant battle with cancer, and we lost one of my heroes, Rich, who served our country. In their honor, let's raise funds to fight cancer and to help our Warriors!

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Update #8

5 months ago

THANK YOU!!!!!

9 months, 1, 379 miles and 3 lost toe nails after coming up with this adventure, 2 checks for 2 amazing organizations is how we are going to end it. The key word in the sentence above is "we"!! Thank you all for your donations, for sharing with your networks and for your encouragement. The race did not end up as planned, but being able to send almost $5,400 to Hockey Fights Cancer and United Heroes League in the name of two great human beings takes the sting out of not finishing the race.

Cheers, and on to the next adventure!!!

Note that there is a $926.30 difference between the total raised ($11,724) and the combined amount of the checks ($10,797.70). Fundly's fee is 7.9%. - they were super to work with!!

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Over the last couple of years, this world has lost two great human beings.  Murph lost his battle to cancer, and Rich passed away suddenly after serving our country with humility and courage.  It bothers me that we continue to lose great people to cancer, and it is extremely important that we take care of the people who give so much of themselves and their families to protect us.  So, I figured I would use this 100 mile ultra marathon, The Anchor Down Ultra on August 18th, as an opportunity to honor our friends by raising funds to help the families of our warriors AND fight a disease that affects so many of us.  The goal is $20,000 - $10,000 for the Hockey Fights Cancer (Murph's Favorite Charity)...and $10,000 to The United Heroes League (Rich's Favorite Charity) - keeping military kids active and healthy while their parents serve our country.  As an extra incentive, when we reach our goal, I will run the last lap (2.5 miles) wearing a weight vest loaded with 20 pounds!  Please share this within your network, and I will keep you up-to-speed with all of the training and throughout the actual event!

Cheers and GAME ON!

Gord

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Gord Lang posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #8

THANK YOU!!!!!

9 months, 1, 379 miles and 3 lost toe nails after coming up with this adventure, 2 checks for 2 amazing organizations is how we are going to end it. The key word in the sentence above is "we"!! Thank you all for your donations, for sharing with your networks and for your encouragement. The race did not end up as planned, but being able to send almost $5,400 to Hockey Fights Cancer and United Heroes League in the name of two great human beings takes the sting out of not finishing the race.

Cheers, and on to the next adventure!!!

Note that there is a $926.30 difference between the total raised ($11,724) and the combined amount of the checks ($10,797.70). Fundly's fee is 7.9%. - they were super to work with!!

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Gord Lang posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #7

Anchor Down Ultra -1....Gord- 0

First ever DNF - I have never been in rain like I was last night! The downpour started during the national anthem at just before 7pm....and went off and on until around 2am. The first lap (and our first run at the trail portion of the course) was in torrential rain with thunder and the footing quickly went south from there. I was approximately 25 miles in (at around 12:30am) and almost on schedule (having to negotiate that bog of a trail slowed down the initial lap times) when a guy was passing me on the left on a sharp corner. He slipped in the mud and while jumping out of his way, I pulled the left calf again. Tried walking from there and got 10 miles more while trying ice and Aleve....but decided to stop at around 4 am so that I did not do any more damage.
The calf was going to be an issue eventually, but I was babying it trying to get to the halfway point. As you can see from the added pictures - I created a boneyard of ice bags and the race director even tried ice in my sock!....not worth further damage!

So, not the ending I wanted....but thanks to you, there is a happy side to this story. We have raised just under $12,000 for 2 great charities in honor of two amazing men. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity and support. I thought a lot about that while running through some of the most intense torrential downpours I have ever experienced...the thunder and lightning...the mud trying to take my shoe...and trying to make my way through this calf injury.

I will do one last update in early September once I have the funds ready to ship off to Hockey Fights Cancer and The United Heroes League (two incredible charities).

Cheers and many thanks again

Gord

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Gord Lang posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #6

Jay and ADU team are completing the set up. Weather looks like fun. See link below if you want to follow the carnage. 90% chance of rain at midnight....100% guaranteed this will be fun and frustrating at the same time!

Still nothing compared to what families battling cancer....and our military families go through! Many thanks to all who have donated to the causes and who have sent words of encouragement!

https://www.facebook.com/anchordownultra

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Gord Lang posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #5

Hope you are having a great week. Quick update before the final prep:

Weather – as of this morning, looks like chance of rain all day Friday with 80% chance of thunderstorms through the night….and then 40-50% chance of thunderstorms throughout the day on Saturday….sounds like another layer of challenge to me!!!

Calves – very quiet over the last week because I have done NOTHING! My bet is they start to whine somewhere around 50-60 miles and don’t stop until I do.

Fundraising – very excited to get over the $10k mark and many, many thanks to everyone for your generosity, support and words of encouragement! Will carry all of this with me for the entire race and am betting this is what fuels me the most. Last chance to donate before the festivities begin!

LiveStream – no clue what you will see or not see during the race, but here is the link to the ADU Facebook page where they will be live streaming the festivities. I will do my best to capture content along the way and share it as a wrap up, but I have a feeling I will be a little too busy to update much during the event!

THANK YOU! –

Cheers

Gord

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Gord Lang posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #4

Happy Friday and have a great weekend! Wanted to send you a quick update....and will send out one more update next week....

Funds
Many thanks again for everyone who has supported and donated…we are just shy of $10,000. Still plenty of time to make a move towards the $20,000 goal if you are so inclined to donate….and much thanks for all of your kind and encouraging words. Like I said last week, I will get the miles done….just need your help on the fundraising part of the adventure!

Live Stream
I will double check, but click https://www.facebook.com/anchordownultra
for the connection to the Facebook Live Stream….no idea what you will see, but a couple of people have asked me for this connection. They just posted a drone video of part of the course - looks amazing but long range forecast says rain....wont that be fun!!!

Those Calves!
2 weeks ago, my final long training run was 50 miles…and during the last couple of hours, my consistent problem area made an appearance – both calves. Not an injury (I don’t think)….just sore, and by Sunday afternoon, not a trace of an issue. I ran a little the following week during the taper and tried to run 20 last Friday. On that run, 7 miles out in the middle of nowhere, boom and something let go in my left calf. Uber doesn’t make its way out in the middle of nowhere, so I turned around and walked back and haven’t done a thing, other than ice it, since. I did some research and 2 weeks of nothing means you lose about 6% of your fitness…but I figure that is a good trade-off for healed up calves! My guess – the 100 miles will not be the challenge in a week – the challenge will be ignoring whining calves! Game On!!!

Challenge Coins
Click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin
to learn more, but since Roman Times, Challenge Coins have been part of the military process. I got an amazing package from the United Heroes League team….and they sent me 2 coins. This one caught me because it is customized for one of the guys who sparked this entire adventure – Rich Curadi. I will carry both coins with me for the entire 100 miles! Super special and many thanks to Shane and Devin!

7 more sleeps before no sleep!

Cheers

Gord

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Gord Lang posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #3

Taper Crazy!

This is a shot from Day 1 of training seven months ago....weather is just a little different today versus January 7th!

Focusing on the fundraising part of this adventure is helping with the Taper Crazies! After all of the miles and training, pulling back seems a little counterintuitive....but letting your body refuel and repair before the event is a smart play....not an easy one!

Pulling together everything for the race is also filling the time distracting from the worry of losing fitness over the next couple of weeks. Comes with the territory!

Many thanks again to all who have donated + shared this with the people in their network. I have spoken with both Hockey Fights Cancer and the United Heroes League....they are incredibly thankful for your generosity! In fact, Shane and team at UHL noted that the fall grant season is upon them and these funds will be super helpful as the work to set kids up for the fall and winter sports season!!!

Cheers and Always Forward!!!

Gord

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Gord Lang posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #2

Tapering will begin later this week, but finished up a long run on Friday and had a revelation, a question and a thought to share:

Revelation – Skunks have habits. It was 5:06 and still dark, and I was just getting in a groove running down a trail I have been on hundreds of times (see the photo I just added). I zoned out and forgot this was where I met a couple of skunks earlier in the week….and guess what – they were there just like clockwork. I almost stepped on the first one and he went into shoot – ready – aim mode so I jumped into the trees to avoid his weapon…and then 10 seconds later after continuing down the trail, I saw his buddy and he was all jacked up and ready for battle. They knew I was coming because I am not the most stealth runner in the world, and they just did not move because they don’t have to. So - the same skunks (I think, hard to tell them apart via headlamp), in the same place….around the same time = skunks have habits too.

Question – Ever wonder why God gave us little toes? Really, what purpose do they actually serve other than to get pinched under the next one, blistered and sore. Discuss!

Thought – A couple of nights ago, I was up on the Fundly page, had it in edit mode and was about to drop the goal down to $10k from $20k. I had it all set up and just had to press enter…and then I thought about it for a second. Why drop it down just because we are at around $7k with 20ish days to go? So I didn’t change it because a goal is a goal whether you get there quickly or at the last minute. Hoping many/some/all of you have been getting the emails, looking at how much time you have to donate…and planning to do it another time. The 100 miles is the easy part – I will get that done one way or another. The hard part is getting money into the hands of the people who take care of our Warriors and their Families….and the people who are doing everything they can to get rid of a disease that has touched pretty much all of us.

Thanks to all of you who have donated and spread the word – super generous and we are very thankful. We have a couple of weeks to get as close to that goal as we can, and if anyone has been saying “I will do that later”, I hope you can jump in and help. All that said, if you are not inclined to give, that is cool to….just remember my skunk PSA above…that is a freebie

I will be shooting out additional updates over the next couple of weeks and will also provide you all with a link to the Live Stream in case you need to watch a little carnage with your Saturday morning coffee on August 19th!

Cheers and have a great week

Gord

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Gord Lang posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #1

The weight vest is ready! Have been putting in plenty of miles and need to weigh it because I think it is heavier than 20 pounds! Thanks to all have shared this and donated....please keep it up and more updates to come. Teaser for the next post....ever wonder why God gave us little toes.....?

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