Part of the problem with the "information generation" is that everything needs a title. When you worry so much at AT, Vo2max, long run, etc you miss the forest for the trees.
If you've seen some of Malmo's training you'd see that many of his easy days were no where near easy and many runs were very uptempo. Another problem is that too many people cling on to outdated '90s training philosophy. AT became "the thing" simply because it can be easily measured. Science does this sometimes, it happened with Vo2max.
When you worry too much about the internal (Vo2max, AT, etc) you lose sight of the external (race pace).
You know the most important factor in training for a 10K? CONSISTENCY. Records, fast times, and medals, have been set by those running rarely any interval training (Nenow) and those running a lot of interval work (Mills) while there were many in their respective generations training the exact opposite.
In the end it's all about overload. Train in such a way to overload your body and reach new heights.