I am having a break from any serious training after my last marathon. Not that I am giving up running but I felt like after all the running, my legs have become muscular but my upper body has shrunk. So for the next 2-3 months, I will do some beginner's strength training program to build up a little upper body. Also, the strength training is a little for vanity's sake. I think I will look better if I had nicer pecs and better defined abs. So I trawled the web for a beginner's program and I downloaded the plan from http://www.stronglifts.com/.
I just started 2 weeks ago and will take a break next week for Chinese New Year, so I cannot let you know the effectiveness of the program for me. What I did find out is that I have very weak shoulders and upper back muscles. Currently, I can only do 3 pull ups but hopefully in a few months time I can do a decent set of pull ups. Prince of Persia and Kratos (from the God of War) has always been an inspiration. They can do pull ups forever but they are only computer game characters. Fortunately, there are still enough running friends around to keep me running the occasional 10km.