McCarren Park 5k Race Report

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.