Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is an unstructured training method that blends continuous training with interval training; intensity and/or speed varies as the athlete wishes. One of the main reasons for the success of fartlek training is that it is adapted to the needs of the individual.
It seems to me that life is a fartlek: continuous, unstructured training interspersed with catastrophes, unexpected changes, and sweet little surprises that vary the intensity of life.
I’ve always been involved in competitive sports and had been a runner since my early 30s, but only ran my first road race in 2007 at age 47. That first race was a 10k followed by a half marathon and the Chicago Marathon later that same year. Running became my passion, ending only after an injury dictated surgery or retirement. The doctor warned the surgery wasn’t always successful, and I retired in 2019 at age 59. My last race was the Chicago Lakefront 50k. It was my favorite distance.
I started this blog in 2013, and although I never intended to limit myself to running topics, researching and writing about marathon training, racing and injuries was my favorite pastime for those early years. The Anatomy of a Runner posts ultimately became a major focus for the blog and a topic I’ve enjoyed writing about immensely.
I also enjoy interior design, gardening, and playing the piano. I went back to school at 54 years old, and graduated with a certificate in Outdoor Leadership and Wilderness Emergency Medicine. This led to becoming certified as a Wilderness First Responder, National Registry EMT-B, Wilderness EMT, and as a Swift Water Rescue Professional. For the next five years I served on the Board of a non-profit, MedicForce, and served as a proctor for EMT training at SOLO/NOC in the Nantahala Gorge of North Carolina.
In 2020, I went to school once again and became certified as a North Carolina Extension Master Gardener. I’ve reluctantly taken up walking for exercise, but have come to love it as much as I did running. I’m only now in the middle of my life’s fartlek.
This is the tale of my life.
Marcia C. Boyle
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