After the success of yesterday’s long run, I was eager again today to get back out and enjoy the weather, the scenery, and simply keep on keepin’ on with the drills in an effort to continue improving. I didn’t have anything crazy in mind, just a 5.65k easy jog with some leaping and skipping for good measure so I loaded up something to reflect that easy-going mood and prevent me from getting too, shall we say, ‘into it’. Hence, the ‘Grizzly Man’ soundtrack, composed by Richard Thompson (2005).
If you haven’t seen the movie, or documentary, or “mockumentary”, or whatever the hell you want to call it – don’t. Or do, I don’t really know what to tell you; just know that it’s really weird. Directed by Werner Herzog, it chronicles the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell. The film consists of Treadwell’s own footage of his interactions with grizzly bears before he and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were killed and eaten by a bear in 2003, as well as interviews with people who knew or were involved with Treadwell at the time. The footage he shot was later found, and the final film was co-produced by Discovery Docs, the Discovery Channel’s theatrical documentary unit, and Lions Gate Entertainment. In short, imagine Richard Simmons interviewing wild grizzly bears in the Alaskan back country. Yeah, like I said: weird.
Nonetheless, the all-instrumental soundtrack is pretty cool and was entirely written and produced by Thompson in just over two days, and literally runs the gamut from intense electric leads, haunting and spacey guitar droning, acoustic picking, to even an upbeat number or two; perfect for the odd pick up here and there after finishing my drills along the Friendship trail.
*Note: I am also going to log this run in the books as ‘Attack of the Caterpillars’ for all the fuzzy, orange and black buggers I had to avoid stepping on along the path today.