Mosi Smith

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia the first and last to a strong, single mother. I was never the biggest or the fastest kid on the block. But I knew I found something; from the first moment running a “cross country” race during an elementary school field day to know, I have enjoyed the variable degrees of a life-long relationship with running. I had the fortune of a recommendation from a high school football coach to go out for the track-and-field team. It sucked; I sucked. But I could see a tiny possibility of a “what if”—what if I put more effort in this? What if this could positively impact my life? What if I gave myself a chance to grow into a better runner? It provided an outlet and a measuring stick for personal development and growth. What I was gaining in the ways of discipline, goal-setting, and time management easily overlapped in other life areas. Through the lessons of diligence and work, I was able to earn a spot to the Naval Academy Prep School and eventually the U.S. Naval Academy.
Forever I will remain appreciative of the individuals I was fortunate to work alongside, the experiences gained across the years, and the growth fostered during that period. From the beginnings as a young, second lieutenant with 1st Marine Division Truck Company to the closing chapter of service as a Company Officer at the Naval Academy, I would not do anything differently. Some of my fondest memories are from times with my Marines during our deployments in support of OIF.
My running “career” started running back in the 1990s with the Peachtree Junior Road Race and Atlanta Track Club races. The namesake of current club of friends, the Lucas Moreno Running Club, served as an additional point of inspiration. I ran track and cross-country throughout high school. In college, I ran my first marathon in 2002 and qualified for Boston. I would run Boston x6 more times up until 2013. My PR is 2:56, but I have a feeling I can take that down. My favorite distance is the 100-mile. There is something intriguing about the distance that keeps me returning; every outing is different. My PR is 17:04. Some of the more notable runs I have enjoyed along the way: Badwater 135, Western States 100, Marathon des Sables, Conquer the (Great) Wall Marathon, Virginia Triple Anvil (Triple Ironman), Adidas 10k Paris, Grindstone 100, JFK-50, and the Annapolis 10-Miler.

Mosi’s Three Rocks of Wisdom:
1) Enjoy the run and don’t rush the process. One can learn a lot about yourself and the nuances of our sport from every event from the 800-meter to the ultras.
2) Try everything. Staying open to different venues and disciplines will add to depth of experience. The aid station skills you develop in a fixed-time race (i.e., 24-hour run) could help you shave time off your 50/100-mile and crack that PR if so inclined.
3) Plan your own adventure each year. What an adventure looks like will vary from person to person. But if it scares you, cool. If it requires a bit of time, plan for it. If it requires resources/teamwork, recruit friends and venture buddies. A new adventure offers a chance to explore novel grounds and ensures I stay in good, not necessarily peak, condition. These adventures keep the love of running alive and well.”


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