Weights during marathon tapering period

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12/03/2013 at 16:09

Currently do weights 2-3 times a week including legs (squats/lunges etc), but also core and upper body.

When I move into the tapering period should I drop/reduce this. I was inclined towards yes mainly as feeling pretty knackered atm - not doing as well with my long runs as I would have hoped. training for london so 2.5 weeks until starting a 3 week taper.

cougie    pirate
12/03/2013 at 16:36
I would play safe and drop it then. I'd much rather run more than do weights if marathon running is your focus.
12/03/2013 at 16:40

I'm probably gonna keep getting down the gym till the final week, and then drop everything other than a few final runs.  It does get pretty tiring keeping it all going whilst you're in full-on marathon training mode, but once you start tapering it should be more manageable.  See how you feel, but if in doubt drop it.

12/03/2013 at 21:21

I plan to keep the weights going during Taper until 1 week before as well. I may drop a set or two, or even reduce the weights in one or two of my weak / vulnerable areas so as to tread carefully. 

I don't think I will be getting much in the way of physical gains from the weights at that stage, but I'm sure it is one of the ways to stave off taper madness


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