General calethstenics are part of my evening routine, where I do stretching, situps, pushups and stomach crunches. I also go to the gym once a week for work on the upper body. Like JoeZ said, it gives my legs a chance to rest, while I continue to train.
I have talked with others who have run marathons and was informed that once the legs get rubbery, it's the upper body that pushes you through "the wall". I am only training for my first marathon, so I'm not sure if this is true for me, but it seems to have helped others. Besides, I always like to get a complete workout for my body, so I use upper body work is part of my weekly routine.
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