I also only really know tapering from triathlon training (tho my triathlon time is far worse than yours -- more in the 3:00 range). And, as you say, it's "never boring."
My "guess" re tapering is that you should do what you are confident in. Yes -- one should rest one's muscles, that is for sure. But you want to be rested, and you want your MIND to think that you are rested.
Because you are injured (in the leg), I am thinking that maybe you should also cut back on spinning, etc. -- anything that utilizes the legs too much. Maybe burn off some energy with walking (fast), but my fear is that really are just "so many miles" in the legs, and how terrible would it be if the extra hour spinning takes an hour "away from" the legs, with regard to the marathon?
I was looking at both Higdon and Galloway -- Higdon is actually pretty specific about what to STOP doing during the taper (including weights, and other "leg-related" work). But (especially as the tri season is coming closer), I am thinking that maybe your "hard" workouts are in the pool (with the pull buoy), you do some light running (almost like the high rep "spinning"), but mainly, you try to heal and think healthy thoughts (and taper on a program that has worked before).
You might want to ping the "Big Boys" up on the unquote-runner board, to join you down here -- I know that Chris G, Steve P, etc. are the ones that you really want to ask re this (tho Ollie is here, he also knows a lot)
I am just my usual newbie self, with all sorts of untried ideas :-)
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