So, today was the second running of the Brooklyn Marathon. I signed up for it while Sandy was raging outside, and I assumed (correctly, as it turns out) that that the NYC Marathon would be cancelled.
Instead of 47,000 runners, the Brooklyn Marathon was capped at 500. The course was six full laps and three short laps of Prospect Park. It was a perfect day. Low 40s at the start, rising into the 50s. I went out hard. By halfway, it was clear I was going to set a PR or blow up. I kept waiting for the wall, and it never came. Usually I start to slow at mile 20. I did slow some, but not much. Even the last two miles were under 9 minutes. I finished in 3:42.15 which was a PR by a little more than 10 minutes. All in all, a good day, and a good finish to the season.
It is still a bit of a puzzler why I'm suddenly setting PRs. I think part of it is that I've been running with better form. Part of it is that I've been running with lighter minimal shoes. Whatever it is, I'll take it.
UPDATE: Here's a link to some photos at the finish. The guy in yellow and I kicked together for the last 100 yards. Thanks dude, whoever you are!