Couldn't think of a better title.
I'm trying to figure out what shape I'm in (yes I know I should just run a race); but I moved to about 7000 ft altitude about 9 months ago for a job.
I have been running less than I did in college. In college, I ran about 90 mpw at 7 min/mile at sea-level and was in around 24:30 8k shape.
Now I'm running around 40 mpw, but I am at altitude and my average pace is between 6:00 and 6:30 min/mile.
So my question is: how does my training now compare to my training before? I understand it is not quite as good, but I'm trying to figure out if I should keep on trying to build up a strong base or if I should just stick with the low-mileage and start running workouts.
Sounds like most of your miles are done at around steady state effort. If you have the time, maybe try and add in a second, easy run 3-5 days a week without dropping the 40 miles per week steady.
Steady state at higher elevations is really great at developing the muscles' capacity to utilize oxygen. However, with only 40mpw total, your heart probably isn't getting enough work to stimulate max stroke volume. Nor are you getting the volume in to make yourself as efficient as you could be.
An extra 25-35 mpw of easy running could be very helpful. Get that mileage up for a while then start adding in a few moderate workouts. I've found you want to try and avoid really killer type stuff at elevation