I found the NY Times article both inspiring and informative. What I do find a bit sad, and surprising, is that Whitlock says he doesn't enjoy running for its own sake and finds training to be drudgery. He runs mostly so that he can gain acclaim by performing well in races. I can't imagine doing something that is supposed to be recreation that requires so much time and effort on a daily basis if the only enjoyment I got from it was when I entered a race. I'm not saying there's anything "wrong" with that--everyone needs to find his own source of motivation.
Anyway, the guy is an amazing athlete and certainly a source of inspiration to so many of us who are trying to hang on to as much as we can at an age where all derivatives are negative.
Silver lining for Ed is that the drudgery of running is over. It is drudgery, and I imagine particularly as one becomes a senior citizen. REST in peace.