Location: Portland, OR.
I am a research health psychologist and mindfulness instructor at Oregon Health & Science University and my research focuses on stress reduction and healthy aging. I am approaching 50 and have been a runner for most of my life and I find that running provides many of the tools that predict longer health spans, including cardiovascular, bone, and muscle health. Running also offers the opportunity for me to get body, spirit, and mind in rhythm and keeping neuroendocrine responses to stress low. Further, socialization is a significant predictor of healthy aging, and marathons, especially Eugene, are excellent environments to interact with a sea of inspiring people. Running has also given me a chance to feel a part of my environment, rather than as a detached observer. Although I have lived in Oregon for over 20 years, I am still amazed by the breathtaking beauty of the Willamette Valley in May and the organizers of the Eugene race have designed a course that energizes me from start to end. I am honored to be a Eugene Marathon Ambassador because this race, for me, exemplifies what I consider to be the good (and healthy) Oregon life.