RicF - your posts on here do make a difference! I have picked up many sessions from this thread across the years, including a few from your good self. What is interesting about your posts is you seem to throw in the odd curve ball that makes me stop and reflect. For example, Stevie G often posts on other threads about training at your current level of fitness and not at a target time (a sound point). However he is currently training based on last years times and not this. My instinct would be to push on at last years times but can see what you say about stepping back to previous training zones (train at your current fitness).
Matt3 - cut mileage for Trafford 10k myself and also feeling leggy. Good luck to you and Rob on Sunday. If I get to 7.5K when you finish I will be on for a PB
If you can get on a bike outside and replace the long runs you are missing with 4-6 hour long slow bike rides. Do other cross training and bike stuff until you can start running again. A few on the forum use rowing as cross training when injured so that might be something you want to add in the next few weeks.
Nick - I am based in Manchester so if Mr I wants to relocate then I am happy to put in a good word for him. If he does end up working for me then he will seriously spend less time on here (that is my role in the team).
Mr I - I have the amazing job of having to manage developers and like the vast majority of them maybe you just aren't as good as you think you are. They can't follow simple instructions, create defects for fun and don't seem to understand time. I really do get more sense out of my kids than the average developer. By being able to understand time and cause/effect they pay me more money simply to get developers to do what they should without me even being there. Amazing but without people like you I wouldn't be coining it in, so thanks.