Reading blogs and talking to folks, you'd think that tapering was some form of incarceration meted by race directors -- a prerequisite for participation to be suffered through rather than savored. Maybe this is grandstanding by some, headgames by others, but overall it seems to be heartfelt that tapering removes them from what they love best: running, and running a long way.
At times, it can make me feel like less of a true runner to love to taper so much, to let my slothful inner core out to blink at the sun. But, just as some folks love distance training and some folks love speedwork, I love tapering. I wish only that it came around every Thursday like trips to the track.