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Tapering for a marathon? Don't forget to taper your cross training, too, during the week of your big race.
That doesn't mean avoid any activity, but the week before a marathon you won't get any stronger by doing your usual twice weekly weight room circuit training, or whatever your cross training of choice may be. If you can give your muscles that extra rest, they will be fresher on race day, and you can ease back into your cross training a week or two after the marathon, depending on your experience and how you are feeling post-race.