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When my home/family life underwent some pretty big changes. 🙂
I'll third the suggestion for a blood panel. Also, I noticed that you noted solid improvements when building volume but you've been on a pretty big (~20%?) volume reduction for some time. I know this may help some people sharpen but, for those who respond to volume such as myself, this can be a death sentence. Maybe you need to go back to some training more similar to what has worked in the past. It doesn't have to be exactly the same thing but maybe you found what will work as a peaking plan but not as a long term training plan.
Or…I'll just throw out another idea that kind of goes along with when I saw a drop in race performance (a major life change that affects our focus on running). I would consider this a long shot explanation but have you found something to fill your time after leaving work? Or are you spending too much time dwelling on running and maybe getting yourself too stressed out over it? It's a long shot but some people do this when they have a major life change like you mention you've had.