Run The Presidio's Lovers' Lane

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"It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top."
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Henry Ward Beecher

Today during lunch, instead of lifting weights or doing burpees, I persuaded Siyu to run with me. J had told me about this path because of its incline. After our experience at Tough Mudder, I realized my training had a huge gaping hole in it, and I convinced myself that I had to start hill running and learn how to be more comfortable with steep surfaces.

Lovers' Lane is the Presidio's oldest foot trail. It goes from the Main Post to the Presidio Gate (at Presidio Boulevard and Pacific Avenue) into the City. The reason it's called Lovers' Lane is because this was the path military men used to take to go meet their sweethearts in town. It has been there for over two hundred years and people have been making their way from the Presidio into San Francisco using this route the entire time. When San Francisco was Spanish occupied, the path extended an additional three miles, all the way to Mission Dolores.
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It starts off with a small stone bridge that was built in 1885.
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One of the really nice things about this trail is that for the most part one side is all eucalyptus trees while the other side has the Presidio-style buildings.
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Some stretches make it easy to forget you're in the City.
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This trail is only 0.6 miles long but has an average grade of 9% and a maximum grade of 21%. I'm fairly certain the steepest part was the end. It was quite a climb up going into the final stretch.
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When we got to the top, the Presidio Gate is there to greet us, and it was nice to know that the path back was basically going to be all downhill.
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The journey was worth it because the top of the hill has a pleasant view.
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I enjoyed this trail. It was pretty tough. Near the end of it, I definitely felt like I was running two inches at a time. It felt so slow which further affirmed my need for more hill running in my programming. I'm definitely going to come back for hill repeats.
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