Great race! It's quite impressive that you not only achieved your goal (which it sounds like you didn't think you'd do) but you far surpassed it.
I was a road marshal on the marathon route at Clover St and the canal, so at least I got to see some of the action.
Thanks! I think having a good personal result helps - but overall I thought it was a pretty good race environment. The volunteers and the crowds were great. I think the weather helped as well.