On Sunday, Jamie and I ran the Presidio 10 Mile race in San Francisco. I was really excited to participate in this event: it’s one of the last big races in the city I hadn’t raced, and it’s well-timed long run with Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon next month.
I didn’t have any real time goals in mind other than to run a consistent effort on the hilly course. Jamie had been experiencing some knee pain during the week leading up to the race and was considering dropping down to the 10K. We decided to start together and see where the run took us.
The Presidio 10 Miler began on Chrissy Field and immediately took runners uphill toward the Golden Gate Bridge. These first few miles were unrelentingly hilly and exactly what I was expecting. Jesse and I love running in the Presidio because of its hills, greenery, and seclusion. It was an absolutely beautiful morning to run; when we started at 8am, it was about 50 degrees without a cloud in the sky, and when we ended, temperatures were nearing 70 degrees.
We skirted part of the Presidio’s western perimeter before looping back to the bridge just before mile four. After completing nearly four miles on the bridge, we ran down towards Fort Point (under the bridge) and then past the finish line to make a final loop before crossing the finish line.
I have to admit: I was a little disappointed in the race course. The Presidio is expansive and contains all kinds of roads and trail networks, and we spent less than half of the race actually within the Presidio (I personally don’t count Chrissy Field as the Presidio).
Although we never stopped at any of the aid stations, they were placed about every two miles, which was very convenient.
After we crossed the finish line in about 1:35, we chugged a few Hint waters and collected ourselves. The most impressive part of this race was the after-run feast: hot breakfast with eggs, pancakes, and sausage, and booths with Bloody Marys and beer! The only other race I’ve ran that’s featured hot food is North Face, and I wasn’t expecting such a production at a low-key race.
After the race, Jesse and I headed to the Presidio for yet another event: Off the Grid’s Picnic at the Presidio. We met up with a few friends and indulged in food trucks with Indian soul food and snow cones and enjoyed soaking up the sun. It was a lovely, Presidio-filled Sunday!