One of my favorite things about this race is that after the turn onto South Grade Road, there are mile markers every .2 miles. Those things have played wonderful mind games for me during the solid hour of agony I usually spend on that section of the course. These are the thoughts that run through my head constantly as I get to mile 8 and beyond: What number was on that last mile marker? Did I miss this one? How far is it to the finish from here? Is the finish line 47.8 or 48.6? Where is the next mile marker? 1:50 between mile markers – how fast am I going? I honestly can’t look at a mile marker with a decimal point now and not think of Palomar.