Richard Neutra was an Austrian American architect. Living and building for the majority of his career in Southern California, he came to be considered among the most important modernist architects. Richard Neutra founded this firm in 1926 while he was still living in the Schindler House. In 2012, Neutra Institute marked Richard Neutra’s 120th birthday with the first ‘Running’. The Institute is looking ahead to continue to sponsor ‘Neutra run-walks for HEALTH’ on the Sundays closest to Earth Day each year. Register here.
After being sidelined from running in a marathon over a month ago due to a neck injury, I am back beginning to train for my next half-marathon. This injury gave me a chance to pause and reflect on why I really run. Yes, I run for the physical challenge, the sense of accomplishment, my sanity, the silence, the constantly changing scenery, and the causes I believe in. But I have learned a lot from this injury and experience and I can now say that I will really listen to my body and be kinder to myself next time. Running, through the training, injuries, races and victories has taught me so many life lessons. I’m excited to hit the ground running and discover what is on my path today. To all runners out there, this post is for you.
Support My Sustainable Super Bowl Sunday
On February 3rd many of you will be watching the Super Bowl, but I will be participating in my first half-marathon of 2013, the Surf City Marathon located in Huntington Beach, California. As I did in 2012, I will be running for a cause that I strongly believe in and support. This is how I choose to use my voice, a voice for sustainability. This year, I am supporting Heifer International. They are a development organization and their mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.
Heifer gives families a hand-up, not just a handout. They empower many to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. They bring communities together and connect them with local markets; they help bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Funds donated help families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. Then there is the “Passing of the Gift”. Recipients agree to share the offspring of animals with others in need, making them equal partners with Heifer in the flight to end world hunger. If that’s not sustainable business, I really don’t know what is.
I look forward to running at least three marathons this year to not only raise funds but to further raise awareness of this wonderful organization. So, this Super bowl Sunday, during one of the many commercial breaks, please take a moment and visit Heifer International.
Click here to donate and know that your gift is giving families a hand-up and not just a handout.
On July 15th I ran Concrete Hero, an urban obstacle course 5km race in downtown Los Angeles. Why? I ran to support Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA), an organization who supports individuals living in LA, who have or are living with AIDS or HIV with basic needs such as food and shelter. Over 60,000 people in Los Angeles have AIDS or HIV and that number is growing every day.
Participants raised over $400,000 on the 15th, which will go directly to APLA. An amazing feat! Yet, after my race, I was not happy with my run nor my time. I did climb the monkey bars, and completed all the obstacles (those who lack upper body strength can understand) but I was still not satisfied.
As I was walking to my car a man asked if I finished the run and I said yes, but not like I wanted to finish. He said you finished it though, right? And I shook my head and said yes. He said you don’t understand, you ran for those who can’t and you will continue to run because you can and maybe one day someone will need to run for you.
He acknowledged my accomplishment and I thanked him, with a smile that ran ear to ear on my face.
Someone recently told me that you can’t go any faster by being hard on yourself. I am still learning this lesson.
Someone once told me that you need to change something to make something happen.
I’m Elena Christopoulos and welcome to my personal website.
Who am I? I am someone who made changes in my life and made something happen in others.
I am a scientist, communications and sustainability expert, political advisor and passionate environmentalist. I’m also an avid surfer, saxophone player, and marathon runner. My site will cover a range of topics as diverse as my background from around the globe.
Topics will include renewable energy, clean tech, politics, green schools, communication, science, surfing, running, health and women’s issues.
I hope this site will inspire you to make that change as well.
I would love to hear from you. Come visit, stay a while, enjoy and I hope to see you again.