Because of that, I decided to train to increase my 10k pace. I don't know if I will actually sign up to run a 10k at the end of my training schedule--I hate paying run on my own streets--but I do plan on doing a formal time trial.
The plan that looked the best to me was Run Less, Run Faster. It incorporates a lot of key workouts I missed doing while I was building endurance. I do think it might lead to a bit of burnout, and since I don't have a key race in mind, I plan on doing a fall back week every third week similar to what I did during marathon training. During the fall back week, I will not focus on times for most of the runs, but instead focus on hills (a component that's lacking in RLRF) and just having fun, easy runs. At the end of the week, I am going to do a 5k time trial.
In RLRF, pace times for workouts are determined by your current 5k pace. So the time trial and fallback week will serve two purposes. First it will give me a rest and let me just enjoy my runs and talking with my run buddies, and, two, it will help me reevaluate my training goals. If I've improved, I know to focus on new paces in my workouts.
This week is my first 10k time trial. I haven't run a real 10k since, well, ever. I am kind of nervous because it takes place in the afternoon, and I generally run in the morning. I don't know how my body will react. Also, it is supposed to be hot this weekend. I am no stranger to running in the heat, but I prefer not to for obvious reasons. Hopefully I will be able to race my best!