I too am on a "running break" as I turned my ankle over and sprained it 9 days ago ... It's actually recovering very quickly though and though I'd written off the rest of the year I think I may get a few runs in between Christmas and New Year.
I think you're probably right on the HM front - my mileage is up and has averaged over 25 miles a week since the middle of March, but my longest run (ever) is still only about 14 miles - I think a bit more over-distance training would really help the HM endurance.
Impressed with your 5k and 10k times - well done The statistician in me can't help but wonder your age and hence the Age Grades of those two PBs. All my current PBs, except the HM set a few days before my birthday, are at age 48 giving AGs of a little over 75% at all events.
And more specifically on topic, I've done 5 more 10k races since my last post and recorded 2 PBs there too:
15/6/13 - Battersea Park - 40:34
17/11/13 - Brighton - 39:33!
Like you, Strangely and Iwan, I've also improved my HM (29/9/13 - Ealing), but only to 1:29:53. You guys seem to be doing even better over the longer distances. Meanwhile I've been trying out some shorter ones and recorded a 2:25.9 track 800m on 4/12/13 which, by age grade, is better than all my existing PBs despite that being only the second 800m I'd run. If I can find the opportunities I'm going to focus on getting the best 800m, 1500m and mile times I can on track next year. Again if I get the opportunity it'd be nice to try for fast 5000m and 10000m times on track too.
Meanwhile, back on topic, 10k goal for 2014 has to be sub 39:00
Just returning to this thread after (checks) about a year ... I've read all the posts since my last one and it's good to read how well everyone has been doing. Well done Iwan and Strangely!
Since my last post I've done another 16 parkruns and 1 other non-parkrun 5k. Four of the parkruns were at Crystal Palace; if any of you know the course/park you'll know it's not a PB course, but nonetheless happy to have recorded sub 20 there. So at the remaining, potentially competitive, 13 runs I've set another 4 PBs
27/4/13 - Dulwich - 19:27
1/6/13 - Dulwich - 19:21
8/6/13 - Poole - 19:06
9/11/13 - Dulwich - 18:58
So, wow, sub 19 already and I'm sure there's more to come ... Dulwich isn't the ultimate flat course - about 12 metres of elevation change on each of 3 laps ... Poole and Weymouth are close to absolutely flat.
So target for 2014 - 18:00! 18:30 I can do, but 18:00 is going to be much harder!