Background: I have been running (jogging?) pretty consistently for the past 7-8 years. For the past few of those I have been doing about 3 miles 4-5 times a week, usually on road but sometimes at the local track. I have in the past been able to manage a four or five mile run on weekends but that is way out of reach today. I am 53, size up to about 5’6" and 140 pounds at the moment, been as low as about 130 and that helped a little but not so much. I have a mild exercise-induced asthma, so usually take a puff from my inhaler before running rather than get stuck needing it during.
My issue is endurance (and ideally speed). I can’t seem to gain any, despite the regularity of my runs. Every. Single. Run is an effort to finish, and lately I am often walking between miles. I can’t understand why this hasn’t gotten any easier. I think I enjoy running, at least in principle; I feel great after and am glad to have it done, and heaven knows I need the exercise because I sit at a desk all day and love all foods.
I can’t help but feel like I am not running efficiently, or something like that. I see people at the track making it all look so effortless, and I’m out there struggling. My 62 yo boyfriend looks like the old timer that he is out there running but he’s still getting it done and always ahead of my time.
Can anybody offer thoughts or advice on how to improve? I’m thinking maybe I need a running coach, but don’t have money for that, at least at the moment.