In looking at my posted times for this year and last year's races at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, I have come across a few positive looking details.
I finished a good bit higher in overall placement and somewhat higher in age division placement.
Using the same set points of the race:
I reached the 6.2 mile mark 16 seconds faster in 2009.
I reached the 8.9 mile mark 2:38 faster in 2009. [Technically, this point is listed as mile 8.88 in 2008 and mile 9 in 2009.]
I finished 10:01 faster in 2009.
In 2008, I felt my worst during the last few miles. In 2009, I felt my best during the last few miles. In fact one of my thoughts as I finished this year was that I could have completed the full marathon with confidence. One of my 2008 problems that I successfully corrected this year was not to get too impatient with slower runners/walkers blocking my path and waste too much energy dodging and weaving to get around them, instead I was more careful to pick the best opportunities to move ahead. This kept me from using too much energy too early in the race.
All in all, I am still satisfied with this race, even more so now.