If you've lived at this altitude for a long time, your body has gotten used to it. If you want to run, I'd try slowing down. Most of the time people get winded because they start out too fast. Start out at a very slow pace and see if that makes a difference.
Elite athletes will train at high altitudes because there's less oxygen. When you can compete well at a high altitude, and you come back down to normal altitudes for your actual race, it's like running in an oxygen-rich super-air for their bodies.
But it does not make enough difference to stop you exercising at high altitudes. Yes, there's less oxygen, but you don't actually need as much as is in the air.
Keep trying, build up slowly. Endurance isn't something you decide to have one day, you need to work for it.
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1/15/13 12:52 P
Yes.. it's just an excuse.
There is some slight impact but I typically ski at 10000 feet for a week every year. This should be much harder on me as I am not aclimatised like you. It really doesn't make much difference
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61 1/15/13 12:44 P
I live at about 8000' in elevation. I have always wanted to get fit and become healthy, but I find it difficult to sustain any kind of cardio activity, e.g. running, for more than just a couple of minutes. I am about 25 lbs overweight but I have exercised intermittently over the years. I see other people outside running long distance but I just can't seem to keep up.
Just how much of an effect does living at high altitude have on cardio ability? Or is it that I'm just looking for an excuse for my not being in shape? I don't want to kid myself, but on the other hand I don't want to discount myself either if living at high altitude plays a significant role.