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I'm new here so any forum advice etc is appreciated...
I am running the Prague marathon on 8th May, trying to achieve a time of 3:30-3:45. I had been training in the UK up until the end of Feb however due to work commitments have been based in Cancun, Mexico until the start of May and it is HOT!
Back in the UK in February I ran a couple of 16 milers at a pace of 8:10 per mile and I thought come the end of April I’d be well on my way to hitting my target time, however due to the climate change this seems to have taken a huge hit. Temperatures here range between 24-30 degrees. The lowest temperature late in the evening is around 26 degrees and the lowest temperature early in the morning is around 24 degrees. Although I’ve been trying to run as many miles as possible at the coolest times (when it isn't actually that sunny), the longest run I have managed here is 13 miles, in a pace of around 8:20. At around 12 miles I’m completely dead which is extremely worrying!
Back in 2012 I ran the London marathon in a time of 4:20, however I was relatively new to long distance running and my longest training run back then was 15 miles and I rarely did more than 10 miles. In that marathon I hit the wall around the 14 mile mark (ouch), hence the slightly disappointing time. This was all due to a lack of training and I believed I could smash that time this year.
FYI, to get an idea of my standard, last year I ran a half marathon in 1:40 and a 10 miler in 1:13. I run 7 miles in a pace of around 7:30-8:00 a couple of times a week, however increased my weekly mileage in January this year in preparation for this marathon.
Although I'm running 10-13 miles 3 or 4 times a week here in Cancun, the current max distance I seem to be able to (or not be able to) run is disheartening. Is the fact that I’m not able to run over 13 miles here solely down to the heat? Are these 10-13 mile runs in the heat actually helping me at all? Will I even be able to run for 26 miles back in a much cooler climate? I have been training for months and as mentioned above ran a couple of 16 milers back in February, so surely I must be above that level of fitness now?
If anyone can offer me any advice towards being able to hit my target time come the start of May it would be much appreciated.