30 hours and 100 miles later
April 9, 2014
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCORD, Wash. - A Soldier somewhere in the world will be rolling out of bed to conduct physical training on any given morning.
He will walk to his dresser to get his Army PT uniform and a fresh pair of white socks. He'll shave, brush his teeth, put on his running shoes, and then head for the door.
While this would be the start of the morning for most Soldiers, 1st Lt. Taylor Mosera, isn't most Soldiers.
"Trying to replicate a 30-hour race in training is tough; however, I found that breaking up the distance throughout the day was the most efficient way to get my miles in," said Mosera. "That meant a series of runs before morning PT, during PT, after PT and then again after work to total 10 to 15 miles per day during peak training windows. This would allow me to top out at 70 miles per week, with a couple longer runs on Saturday and Sunday."
Mosera, of Wyckoff, N.J., has been in the Army two years and serves as a platoon leader with the 572nd Military Intelligence Company, 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
On March 29 he passed the finish line for the Badger Mountain 100-mile race in Richland, Wash.
"There is one particular climb within the race that dumps you out on a ridgeline for roughly 12 miles. The climb is 1200 feet over the course of less than a mile. We hit the climb for the first time at roughly 10:30 a.m. at mile 18. The second time we hit the climb was at 2:15 a.m. at the 68-mile mark," said Mosera. "The 68-mile [mark] was the beginning of a 12 mile segment that I knew if I could complete I would finish strong. As I descended the ridgeline, the sun began to rise and knowing that I had made it through the ridgeline, as well as the nighttime, was the drive I needed to take down the last 20 miles. [From there] I transitioned from running conservatively to racing."
Mosera ran as a member of Team Red, White, and Blue, which aims at connecting veterans with the surrounding communities through physical activity.
According to the Team RWB website, its mission is to, "enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity."
"I also ran to bring notoriety to the organization and awareness to Team RWB, and the power it has to get veterans and Americans alike out and involved in their communities. The power of positive psychology and the community atmosphere to challenge, grow and inspire each other is immeasurable, and all of those qualities are paramount in a race at the 100-mile distance," said Mosera.
The Army has a physical readiness training program designed to keep Soldiers fit for combat or any other mission they may be called on to do.
Its purpose is not to prepare people to run 100 miles, but Mosera believes it helps create a culture of self-improvement.
"The Army community and the environment that it creates to continuously better oneself and the unit has played a large role in my involvement in endurance events."