imageFartlek, 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.

I’m 58 years old, and although I’ve been athletic my whole life, I didn’t run my first marathon until 2007 at 47 years old.

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.

This is the tale of my life, as a runner.


My interests: running, piano, cycling, martial arts/Wing Chun, interior design, gardening and landscape design. Although this blog represents my life as a runner, it is also a by-product of my love of writing.

I have also obtained certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, National Registry EMT-B, Wilderness EMT, Outdoor Leadership, Wilderness Emergency Medicine, and as a Swift Water Rescue Professional.

Marcia C. Boyle



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