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.
Although I’ve always been active in various sports, I didn’t run a marathon until 2007 at age 47. I also enjoy interior design, gardening, playing the piano, and writing. 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.
This is the tale of my life as a runner.
Marcia C. Boyle
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