Each December, Runningnerds puts on a 10 miler and a 10k in West midtown that ends at an Atlanta favorite, Monday Night Brewing. I first ran this race in 2014, and signed up for the 10 miler this year as a way to keep myself running after the Richmond Marathon. I didn’t do much running in the weeks leading up to the race, so I made the decision to drop down to the 10k. Truthfully, I actually almost sold my bib several times throughout the week because I simply didn’t feel prepared. I found out there were a few other people I knew running the race, so I decided to just go with it.
Packet pickup was a breeze. There were multiple options of locations throughout the week, and I was able to change distances there very easily!
Race morning was cold – around 25°f. I arrived about 45 minutes before the start, checked my bag, met up with Alaina, and stayed warm inside before we lined up. There was no seeding and it was a gun start, so the corral lineup was informal. After the national anthem, we were off!
I had no plan for this race. I knew I wasn’t going to run it at 10k effort, but that was as far as I’d thought it out. The course is very hilly and challenging, so I knew it’d be a good workout no matter the pace.
Splits: 10:00 / 9:56 / 9:26 / 9:32 / 9:18 / 9:25 / 2:16
Garmin time : 59:52
I warmed up surprisingly quickly and the pace I was running felt good. It for sure was challenging on the uphills, but the downhills made for a nice recovery.
The course was well marked and there was even a little bit of crowd support, which I wasn’t expecting. After the second mile I was feeling very good, so I picked up the pace a bit and held that til the end. I definitely was ready to be done towards the end and was grateful I had dropped down to the 10k.
I was so excited to finish under an hour. This time last year, a sub-60 minute 10k was a big goal of mine. It felt great to finish so strong without the super hard effort I think this would have taken a year ago.Monday Night Brewing Westside 10 Race Recap @runningnerds @mondaynight Click To Tweet
This race also proved to me that despite taking it easy after my marathon, I did not lose a lot of fitness. It got me excited for training again which I really needed.
The post race party is really what draws people to this race. MNB is only open to race participants, and there is food, beer, and a band. I met back up with Alaina and we celebrated a great year of running!
This race has great swag! The medal doubles as a coaster and the glass is perfect for a beer. We also got a coozie that has a built-in bottle opener. I also opted to buy the official race tee since the had women’s cut. Also, there are free photos!
I’d definitely do this race again. It sells out each year, and the post race party is so fun. It’s an awesome way to cap off a year of running. Cheers to 2016!