I've never been fast. I usually just run at a comfortable pace. Most of my training is in the 8-10 minute/mile range. I never do speedwork and am fine with running long, slow mileage.
I work in the Garden Center at Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center and they were nice enough to sponsor me to run the McCarren Park 5k this past weekend. The last time I ran an official 5k was in 2006 at the Toys For Tots Trot in Seattle where I finished in a sloth-like 27:46. I knew I'd be faster this weekend. I decked myself out in Crest gear and dashed around Brooklyn's McCarren Park, ending up running a 21:27, knocking over 6 minutes off my 2006 time. It left me wanting to run faster. It would be a good challenge to get that time down below 20 minutes, or 18 minutes. So I think I'll make a solid effort to add speedwork to my weekly mileage and register for another 5k in a month or two to see how things have progressed.
Might be a fun way to add some variety in between ultramarathons.