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I did run three marathons and several half marathons back in the eighties and IMHO it is too early to stop training for you. I used to peak my mileage training about a week to ten days before the event then do some shorter runs and (as I recall) nothing for the three days before the event.
That always got me round in a reasonable time for a non athlete.
Regarding eating, I used to eat like a horse the whole time I was training. I was working a in manufacturing plant that had a good canteen at that time so I used to eat two or three courses at lunch time then the same again in the evening and never put on weight!
[edited by: BeeDeeDubbleU at 8:01 am (utc) on April 16, 2009]
Thanks so much for the advice and good to hear eating many meals is normal. Am gonna force myself to do 8 miles tomorrow - so will meet with friends, 5 miles on Monday, 5 miles on Tuesday and then nothing until Sunday. Does that sounds like a better taper?
I was having knee probs, but the fizz-i-ow (I have to bite my t-shirt), kneeded my IT Band and at the mo it seems to have sorted the prob. Said the IT band was too strong vs the inner thigh and so was causing knee to be misaligned.