Indeed. The greatest bit I took from this was that Goucher was mixing it up with the big girls until the very end. Now she knows what it's like to be in contention in a major marathon for that long. She can take a lot from that and use it at her next marathon.
One thing I noticed with both of them is that they spent a lot of time taking the pace. How often does someone win a marathon after taking the pace, especially with a strong headwind, as much as Hall did? In a race that was clearly a kicker's race, why did the accomplished miler – Goucher – decide to make her move relatively early? I'm not trying to hate on them or blame them for bad judgment but these are things that, in retrospect, they will hopefully learn from and be able to apply to their future efforts.