Good luck Moore for this weekend, looking forward to the race report.
Shades, I've managed to buy for 4 of my 5 nephews/nieces plus the mum-in-law so a start!
Big G, re recovery runs, I don't use a HR monitor so will just try and run these as slow as I can. I hope you feel happier using the car soon. If not, would you consider selling it? You shouldn't feel as if you have to do things just because it's practical, but hopefully driving it will make you feel happy soon. Must be especially difficult for you right now with Xmas everywhere. I can still remember those pics you posted from your Santa run last year. Those 10ks sound like a good start to the new year.
I've only been running 3 years and find the McMillan calculator useful for pacing different distances. So when I get a PB, I'll usually plug it into the calculator and see what the equivalent times are for other distances. So for example, when my HM PB was much better than my PBs for 10ks and 5ks, I had a go targeting the equivalent or slightly faster times McMillan gave for these distances. Might not work for everyone, particularly if you're more biased towards longer or shorter distances, but I find it a useful guide. And it gives me the confidence to race at paces I might otherwise think are too fast.
I think shorter races like 5ks and 10ks are great for practising pacing strategies as it always feels as if you've got less to lose so you can afford to take more risks by starting a bit faster. Another thing which helps for me in races is running with a group of runners going at around my target pace or a bit faster. Sounds obvious but it's often easier running a few seconds faster than planned but in a group than at a slower pace on your own.