Ran 3.2k in 25 minutes without my cute pace runner. Probably could have run it in 1/2 a minute shorter if she was there running faster at the start. I'm optimistic since I am still making progress over these longer runs.
I update my progress graph every time I run. I do see some progress even though it is a little erratic. But of course I want to run fast and every time I run slower I have to look back on the progress that I made and be happy with that. But it's all a matter of desire!