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Why I moved to Portland and “to run or not to run?”

After a long hiatus from blogging, I am back! I have moved to the Portland, OR area with my husband and dog and we are trying to settle into the Pacific Northwest.  I received my MBA from ESADE in Barcelona in April and my focus was on Sustainability, and since I currently have no full time job opportunities, I thought it would be a good idea to focus my search.  This area of the country has exactly what I like both professionally and personally:

  • lots of green space, both in the city, the suburbs and outside the metropolitan area
  • an active lifestyle community of bikers, yogis, runners etc.
  • trails and wide bike lanes for commuting
  • a city that promotes recycling and composting
  • dog-friendly businesses and groups
  • coffee shops, breweries and wineries, need I say more?
  • farmers markets, organic and vegetarian food everywhere you look!
  • a culture that appreciates environmentally-friendly options e.g. LEED-certified apartments
  • ….and most importantly, lots of funding for the public sector related to environmental and social issues, and a private business and non-profit community of organizations focused on a triple bottom line (people, planet and profit).  That translates to more job opportunities for me!

But as I search for a fitting job opportunity in the area of corporate responsibility, fair trade, social entrepreneurship etc., I am also focused on my personal health.  I have lots of running events under my belt from the last 4 years or so, but I am still recovering from graduate school in Europe (15 lbs down and 10 to go).  Lucky for me, the Portland area has lots of events including the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, so it’s time to start training again for me.  Hard to believe that I did a half marathon (2:23) in Barcelona in March!

I came across this article in a newsletter which helped to remind me why it’s important for me to start pounding the pavement on a regular basis again.  If you are a non-runner, a runner, or are teetering on the idea of whether or not to start, this is for you! –> Runners live longer!