Steve Christopher Hosfield “Auggie Doggie”
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Wisconsin, spent a little time in Minnesota, but grew up mostly in Michigan.
When did you begin running?
I started in High School with Cross Country and Track.
How did you get started running?
I started again shortly after coming down to Arizona almost exactly four years ago. It started as Steve Senior harassing me to get off my lazy butt and do something. It took a long time to become something I enjoy. Now running is a big part of my life.
Favorite distance to run:
Between 5 and 16 miles, though I’m starting to enjoy the longer runs more and am hoping to complete a true marathon in the future.
The Dam Run is great. It’s an awesome challenge and a great way to see where I’m at. Big Pines in Flagstaff is also great fun, and a good way to avoid that first weekend of summer in the Valley.
Favorite Track N Trail event:
The Grand Canyon without a doubt. It’s one of the reasons I started getting back into shape, and experiencing the rim to rim brought a great sense of accomplishment.
Favorite place to run:
I love South Mountain – there’s just so much going on there. It’s got tough hills and relaxing downs. The views of Phoenix in the early morning are breathtaking. Every time I’m out there I see or experience something new.
“If you’ve think you’ve peaked, find another mountain.”
Favorite Song to Listen to while running:
I don’t break out the headphones often, but when I do; Metallica, Foo Fighters, Stone Sour and Rise Against get me in the zone. Nothing like a high tempo with great guitars.
If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be?
I’ve been wanting to return to Isle Royale in Lake Superior and attempt to get across it in about a day. I used to go up there every other year growing up for hiking trips which lasted about three or four days. What you pack in is all you get though pure pristine wilderness.
I play guitar (not good enough to show off yet though), I also write and am a huge history buff.
Advice for new runners:
Don’t stop – once you start to feel as though you’re never going to be able hit that next level the worst thing you can do is give up. When I started running again I could barely make it a mile. I gave up multiple times, but that’s the worst thing you can do. Pushing through the pain is worth it.
Also, drink water, take care of yourself and listen to those around you.