Charlie. Thanks for sharing. Interesting study- hope the data is useful for you. I do suspect at a population level folks like you may have diet and exercise patterns so extreme as to be mostly confounding to the study.
Charlie. Just out of curiosity, who is running this study that you are part of? And did they specifically recruit a cohort of "athletes" or are you being mixed up with all comers as part of the analysis?
Steve. I have been a fairly frequent lurker here recently and recall a few of your recent posts. There does seem to be a strong theme of lost direction. Also I may be imagining it but is overtraining an issue?
I had a good run (by my standards) in London this year at age 45, having got back to where I had been 5 years before. I had a two or three years of persistent niggly injuries. Got over it with consistent regular running and massive amounts of strengthening work. I must confess I now actually enjoy the latter, though it took a long time to be able to say that. I now realise how narrow and limited running is for overall "fitness", particularly when you are the wrong side of 40.
So don't be afraid to take a big change in your exercise structure for a while. Try some different things, as well as regular (but not obsessive) running. And reset your goals. One of which should be very long term. Better to do this than get totally lost to exercise.
Just having a look at london results and noted that 4 runners managed to judge their pace to perfection to finish in 2:59:59, while one gentleman has only a modest amount of work to do to improve on his 3:00:00 to turn failure into success.
Oh and I did see mandog at around 5K. I thought I must be going mad, and spent several minutes looking for the great Samir, but he must have been in the middle of a regeneration. Did anyone else see mandog?