I have had a cold, felt bloated and slow, and my confidence is flagging.
This means that my taper is going EXACTLY as it should. These feelings are typical for lots of marathoners in taper.
I did not run last Saturday or Sunday due to my sore throat and 40-degree temperatures coupled with lashing winds and torrential rains. So, I had to get a semi-long run in on Monday. I have an easy 10 miles planned this Saturday. After that, it will be a couple of easy 5-milers next week before race day on April 28. It is just 8 days and 10 hours until race time.