I stopped struggling in September and started progressing. The keys to this were:
- 3 hill workouts per week
- Consistent schedule of track workouts on Mon and Wed, trail on Thu, Sat and Sun, easy on Tue and Fri
- Gradual increase of 1 mile per week for track workouts (combined) and 1 mile per week on long run.
Note that I hit my goal pace of 7:30 for my long tempo run. Now all I have to do is double the distance.
Note also that I have 2 miles warmup/warmdown for my track workouts so the actual miles for Monday topped out at 5 and Wed at 8.