You can improve your running performance by working on your ability to breathe more efficiently. The two main physical factors that affect your running performance are heart rate and breath. The faster you breath the faster your hear beats. Go on try it. Check your pulse while breathing normally and now increase your breathing rate and see what your pulse does. Now slow your breathing right down by breathing deeply in and out through your nose. See the difference?
When you run, the ability for you to stay in control comes down to your breathing. The faster you run, the faster your heart rate becomes and the faster you breathe. By breathing in AND out through your nose as much as possible, you will slow down your breathing rate, which also allows you to utilise more of your lungs and allow you to stay in control and more relaxed. Relaxation is the key to running well. Try smelling as many things as possible while you are running and just focus on the breathing and smelling and see what difference it makes to the enjoyment of the run.
I have been passionate about running for as long as I can remember and my goal as a running coach is to educate as many people as possible about "how to run smarter not harder" so that they can continue to enjoy running for the rest of their lives.
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