Confused runner eh
Yes his marathon career was very good. BUT w taking breaks in training go work on his speed (5/10k) would had done him some good both mentally and physically. An elite marathoner should be competitive well into their late 30s IF and its a big IF they have trained smartly throughout the career. That is what I'm implying by "messed up".
think most posters on here are teens and college kids that just can't comprehend right now how fragile the human body is as you age , even for the most elite athletes. You have to be very cautious of the things you do... Or not do.