>Cross Training>Weight lifting (Body Pump) and taper
I do BodyPump 2x a week and as I'm about to taper for Houston, I was wondering if I should take a temporary break. I didn't lift this week due to the holidays - all of the classes were cancelled and Monday/Tuesday classes are cancelled next week. So if someone says yes, don't lift while tapering, I've already begun. Otherwise, I'll take 1 class late next week and probably 1 class early the following week.
Houston Marathon 1-13-13
Rock n Roll St. Pete Half 2-10-13
Gasparilla 15K 2-23-13
Armadillo 10K 3-9-13
Ogden Marathon 5-18-13
The Goal: Boston Marathon 4-20-15
Old , Ugly and slow
If you are running the race as a race then don't do the classes.
pr's 5k 20.08, 5 mile 31:20, 10k 41.19 all done in the 80's
2014goals 1300 miles , 190 pounds , deadlift 400 touch my toes
A Saucy Wench
I would cut out leg work during all of taper and upperbody for 7-10 days before a marathon.
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"When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7
I cut out body pump during taper.
I also wouldn't leave my feet during the dynamic lunges when I was in my highest mileage weeks. It just didn't seem to be worth the injury risk.
Also when you go back to it take a little off the weight. I as pretty sore after my first class back.
The books will say no weight lifting, but for me I would do it anyways. As long as you don't over do. I have done marathons and lifted the week before and was still able to BQ for Boston.
I guess the kind of lifting is relevant. The OP mentioned body pump, which is a low-weight high-reps kind of thing. Very different from doing a few heavy deadlifts to failure or some such.