He's faster and he said it better than I did - Adrian Marriott, a 2:18 marathoner, with a post on the taper.
I found Adrian's post on the LetsRun message board. Somebody was complaining how bad they felt during their taper. I have to say I feel the same way. Rojo, one of the founders of Letsrun, commented on the post saying that the problem is that runners expect to feel incredible during the taper - but, that's not always the case. Echoing Jake Klim's comment earlier this week on my blog - his final advice was:
"You're either in shape or not.
You don't lose it in one week of training or in one race.
Be confident and stop thinking.