It has been another long weekend setting up and organizing yesterday’s Island Girl Half Marathon and 5k races on Toronto Island. We camped over on the island the night before to set up in the rain and then endured the ruckus from a late night wedding party only to wake up damp and fatigued come Sunday morning in order to finish getting ready for the 700 women runners. But getting to see so many smiling ladies complete their end games was reward enough.
The thing is though, that setting up these events is absolutely exhausting work and the next day I feel more beat up and drained than I do after any of my own half marathon runs.
I guess it makes sense when you consider that my own races of this distance last typically between 1 hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes, while setting up and running the same event is a 14 hour day. What this usually means then is that I feel like doing absolutely buckus the next day and, typically, I will take a full recovery day.
However, I still want (Need, maybe? I mean, how can I not be a little inspired to run after yesterday?) to do something – even if just a little – so I’m going for a very easy 20 minute (3.25k) jog on today’s lunch break just to flush out my stiff and sore limbs. My soundtrack today is the very short 20 minute (hence the duration of my run) ‘Black Refuge EP‘ by my favorite Swedish rock band Junip.
Okay, so they may be the only Swedish rock band I know.
‘Black Refuge EP’ is the bands 2nd EP composed of mostly original songs, and an interesting cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad‘. It was recorded at Svenska Grammofon Studion, Göteborg in 2004 for Mute Records except ‘Chugga-Chugga‘ which was recorded much earlier in Vänersborg four years previous.
I don’t know what is it about this band, but I simply adore their sound and have been more or less hooked after being exposed to their track ‘Far Away‘ upon seeing Ben Stiller skateboard across a barren Icelandic landscape in ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty‘ (click HERE).
And, like Walter Mitty outrunning his volcano, – I haven’t looked back.
Besides the very unique Scandinavian cover of an epic Depression Era journey through America’s Dust Bowl, the highlight of the EP is actually the delicious ‘Turn to the Assassin’ which would be welcome on any future yoga playlist. Likewise, it provided the perfect surreal ambiance while cruising through the new developing ‘Ridgeway-by-the-Lake‘ community going up behind us to check out all the building progress. The track ‘Official‘ is also a pretty mellow running tune and ‘Chugga-Chugga‘, while pretty, is over too quickly to really get into.
All in all, another great listen by this little known gem of a band.
And, now, onto my fish sammich.