I think you've done really great to get that time without having done any really significant long runs. Personally I think 10 months is too long to be training for a HM. You really only need 3 or 4 months otherwise the focus is lost. In the winter I would recommend you concentrate on doing one slow long run a week building it up slowly to about 9-10 miles. The other run should a tempo run 5m at say 8.45 pace. Enter a couple 10k races in the new year. It would be interesting to see if you could do 1.50 on the back of 2/3 runs a week, many wouldn't be able to. Do you do anything else like swimming, circuits, cycling etc?
Jevans, sorry forgot your post. I think you'll have to get out of the habit of having pre and post race rest that lasts a week. it just gives you so much more to do in the weeks you're running. You'be got to have races to keep you motivated and you'll know when you need a rest, so you just take a few days out or cut back on mileage. Most of the posters here haven't really had a rest unless it's been enforced.
I won't be doing this challenge next year but we'll make sure there is thread.
Definitely a cold day this morning but at least it was dry and the sun was out. Bimbled along at a leisurely place and did 7.1m. Happy with that as I haven't got it in me to go out at do double figures now.
Conditions not good tomorrow and I'm going to see 007 so had to get my run in tonight. A bit of a head wind but I really enjoyed my run tonight and felt very good, probably cause it was quite slow. Nevertheless 6.28m done and the 900m barrier broken.