Since I started running 4 marathons a year, I really don't experience taper madness, mostly because work and the kids had me so busy, I didn't have time to think about my races. The recent exception was before my 50 mile race last November....nothing freaks me out more than the UNKNOWN.
Also, the fact I had no time goal for most of the races made it easy not to worry about them. Some I ran well and earned BQs, some were clusterfkkks and I really didn't care one way or the other what my time was. I think the best thing to do during taper madness is to enjoy the things you typically don't get to enjoy while training hard, such as sleeping, reading, or maybe watching something mindless on TV.
I am all pool running, all the time right now
.....1.5 hours Friday, 2.5 hours Saturday, 1.5 hours Sunday and 1.5 hours this morning. I have transitioned the size of the flotation belt I wear in the pool from a wrap around thing, to three small blocks, down to one, tiny block. This really gets my HR going and is definitely going to tone my arms more as they are cranking to keep up with my legs which are cranking to help me stay afloat. My triceps are aching just typing this! I MAY go to boxing class tonight, but my leg is still in pain. I am supposed to have an MRI this afternoon to rule out a stress fracture.
Hopefully, it is just a muscle/tissue thing. I have my first ART session scheduled for Wednesday.
Blather: I have been working on a BIG DEAL since mid-July and it died today. Even though I put a ton of work into it, I won't allow myself to be mad, just disappointed.
Bonus: I typically just try to eat less, since I am not running as much. Of course, I am still hungry all the time, so I ATTEMPT to feed the hunger with fruit.