to say that the marathon was mentally and physically arduous, a singular example of poor pacing on my part, but ultimately satisfying.
I had significant mental self-laceration from miles 8-16 or so, but talked myself out of it and in fact ran myself back into a genuinely good mood in miles 23-26 (as I passed - I was holding onto about 10:00 miles - a good number of those who paced even more unwisely than I did!).
Final time: 4:27, more than ten minutes slower than my time from last year in Philadelphia.
I am frustrated with myself because it was a very similar race to last year's in terms of pacing errors - however, I believe I have now learned my lesson! Aspirational pacing is not wise at the marathon distance - I need to have more miles under my belt before it is realistic to aim for a 4-hour marathon. Patience, patience, patience...
Detailed post-mortem to follow on Monday night once I get home and acquit myself of that day's teaching responsibilities!