Sunday, April 12th 2015
Yesterday I ran my first race of 2015, The Presidio 10! There are multiple distance options available for this event: a 10 Miler, 10K and a 5K. I chose to run the 10 miler with Taylor, although I recently tweaked my left knee and thought I would run the 10K instead. However, come race morning I decided to go for it and run the full 10.
Pricing: I paid $65 to run the 10 mile race. The race is a fundraiser and ALL of the proceeds go to the Guardsmen, a Bay Area non-profit that support at-risk youth 🙂
Packet Pick-Up was held at the Sports Basement in the Presidio. It took all of 10 seconds for me to get my bib and go!
I have a history of NOT falling asleep before a race; however, I slept for a record 5 hours!
The 10 mile race started promptly at 8 a.m, followed by the 10K at 8:30, and the 5K at 9. There was plenty of parking in the area. We had about a 1/2 mile walk to the starting line, but it was no big deal. There were only small lines for the bag check and bathrooms. Essentially, it was an easy morning!
And we’re off!
The Presidio is a National Park within San Francisco, and is known for hills. Within the first half mile were were sent right up the longest, steepest hill of the race, and continued to climb for what felt like miles. There are plenty of trails in the area; however, we were kept strictly on roads along the outskirts of the Presidio.
It was an exceptionally hot morning, and I could feel the affects of the hills and sun early on. I never felt too bad, but definitely not in race mode. Instead of focusing on time and pace, I treated the race as my first real long run in preparation for the San Francisco Marathon.
After 3+ miles of winding, uphill roads, we ran out-and-back across the Golden Gate Bridge! The 10K merged with the 10 mile race around this time, and the fastest 10K-ers started to run past us. I never felt like the bridge was overly crowded though, just hot and sunny!
After the bridge we were FINALLY treated to a significant downhill, and around the 8 mile mark I felt my best as we headed to the finish line at Crissy Field. At some point the 5K merged with us and our pace was stalled, so I used a ton of energy to weave around people. I still managed to finish with relative ease; it was nice to finish feeling better than I started!
My official finish time was 1:35:07, which is only just a little slower than my half marathon pace so I was happy. All finishers received T-shirts…
And there was a big festival at the finish line. It was a bit crowded, but the post race amenities were pretty amazing: a FULL breakfast…
as well as Bloody Marys and beer! I REALLY wanted a Bloody Mary, but they ran out while we were standing in line!
My experience with the Presidio 10 was overall very positive. We did not run through the trails of the Presidio as much as I expected, but you can’t beat the stunning views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Also, the volunteers with the Guardsmen were exceptional. Without drawing out the details, I had an email correspondence with someone named Andy when I initially wanted to switch race distances, and he went out of his way to accommodate me. I’m very happy to add the Presidio 10 to my repertoire of Bay Area races!