About MeHi, my name is Keith Hauser. I began jogging in 1975 in the heady atmosphere of Gainesville, Florida. Back then, the Florida Track Club was full of world-class runners (olympian Marty Liquori was seen zipping around town back then), and my neighbor was a member. The whole pack would stop by to pick him up for their runs, and I was awed by the way they just radiated confidence and energy. I felt shamed, like a pot-bellied nerd, in their presence. So I was simply inspired to give it a try. I soon grew into road-running, doing races in the 5km to half-marathon range. Then, in 1982, I moved to the Hamburg area in Germany, and began training for my first marathon. I ran about 5 marathons in Berlin and Hamburg in the 1980s, before my knees became ever-more injury-prone. See the descriptions of my first roadrace and first marathon.
|This image shows me, a little worse for wear, but happy enough, after countless miles jogging our beautiful world.|
I've recently (early 2011) tried to add up about how many runs I have done over the years: I must have passed the 10000 mark in the last months (time to celebrate that with a nice run!)
My AttitudeI've always tried to keep a flexible attitude to my running: I always give myself permission to run however my mood desires: running hard or relaxed, stopping to look at inspiring sights, or competing against the other runners in front or behind me. Whatever I do, is fine with me. As long as I'm outdoors and moving, I'm happy.
I guess I am, at heart, the ultimate trail runner. I love, above all else, exploring some trail far out from urban hectic. My dream route is running a hilly trail, with a woods to one side and a meadow stretching out below me. Those are the perfect moments that I seek.
That said, I easily get excited by any outdoor sports: bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, swimming, sailing (I've got a little dinghy), windsurfing, paddling, etc. Any way of getting around in man- or nature-powered technology is sure to grab my imagination.
And, as I also love writing, somehow this blog just seemed like the right idea to me and my frustrated journalist-heart. Hope you enjoy it!