Today I started interval training for running. I affectionately refer to this, as Fartlek Fridays. For those of you that may not know, fartlek is a swedish word meaning "speed play". I owe my discovery of the word fartlek, to RunnerDude, who had a recent blog posting about it. As I stated in my comment to him:
"I've just been getting ready to integrate interval training into my workouts. I think I will try fartleks if for no other reason than I like the word "fartlek". It's also a tribute to my Scandinavian heritage (in case I have to come up with a more grown up reason for saying the work "fartlek")"
I only did a 2 mile run this morning integrating about 4-5 fartleks, but that was enough to cut my mile pace down to 8:13. I've never run that fast for a sustained period of time that early in the morning, or in a "non-race" situation. I think I need to bump my fartlek runs (heheh, I just used the words "fartlek" and "runs" in the same sentence) up to 5k's thought to get the most bang for my buck.
I also had my monthly mandatory weigh this morning. Down another 5 pounds to 196 and a BMI of 24.5. Feel pretty good about cracking the 200 pound mark. Life is good! Running, Cycling, and Baseball started. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.