Sheila Reid says Ed ran faster than her in the 1500 in 2005.
Eric Gillis 10th in Rio Olympic marathon says, "Ed inspired me to simplify my training with his no fuss, no frills, run long approach. Most of all though, I admired this calm, easy going, approach to life."
Whitlock isn't afraid to take time off. He's taken more than a year off continuously in the last decade to get healthy.
Whitlock ran his first marathon in 3:09 in his 40s. In his 70s, he'd break 3 hours. Check out Butcher's Emil Zatopek biography here.
The title of the article is appropriately titled, "85-Year-Old Marathoner Is So Fast That Even Scientists Marvel"
New York Times profile
Just hours afterward, Whitlock ran the 6:51 in the 1500, just missing the WR by less than a second.
He ran 7:18.
*MB: Ed Whitlock M85 Age Group Mile record
Whitlock ran 1:50:47 (8:27 pace), but said he was shooting for 1:45 as he aims to not get more than 1% slower on the age-grading tables each year. Whitlock had several gem quotes including:
“Even though I set the world record last weekend, I was not that happy about it, because I didn’t run as well as I thought I ought to. I only get antsy about getting slower when I’m getting slower faster than I ought to.”
“About 15 years ago, when I was having trouble with my knees, I did go see a doctor. I went to a specialist and their diagnosis was nothing could be done and [my] running days [were] over…So I’ve done a lot of running since then.”
“If somehow or other, I could race well without doing any training, that would be ideal. I find this training a bit of a drudge really ... It’s all a bit of a chore, really, but I have to [put in a lot of time running] if I want to run well.”
Whitlock now holds more than 80 age group world records at distances from 1500 to the marathon.
*MB: Ed Whitlock half marathon world record!!