Thanks for the optimistic response :) Oh yeah, easy is a feeling no doubt. As far as the long runs, my logic is that I've swapped them for a sprint workout because the plan for 1500-2miles 45mpw has the longest run in 10miles + 6 strides, since I do 8miles as a regular morning jog and I already've done 14 miles every week during my 5k training I feel the ten miler would be helpful, but spending a little time developing my speed would probably be more helpful right now.
I know that doing regular work at faster than mile pace is good for making not only making mile pace feel easier, but also to access closer to top speed at the end of a race. I'm following ET's 200m Relaxed Dash protocol for that purpose https://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?board=1&id=27488&thread=27488#ixzz4Ill0tHVK
for that. I've never been a natural born sprinter, 12.9 is my all time best 100m, 6.67 60m, but I think my mile time will love me if I dedicate just once a week to working on my fast-twitch fibers this training cycle.