"On the ground"

with Dr. Lydia Jennings

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"And I think often through a running lens, you know, we don't think of running as a very extractive, or like the outdoor industry, as very extractive but in a lot of ways it is right? People aren't building relationships.

Traditionally the language around the outdoor industry has been very like colonial, you know, ‘’conquer that mountain’’, um and it hasn't been about this process of building relationships with landscapes, but like we are constantly visiting them and maybe we’re trying to set a PR in this particular loop but we’re also generating benefit from that and the question is how we are giving back to those ecosystems."

– Dr. Lydia Jennings

In this episode, we sit down with Lydia Jennings, a soil scientist, science communicator and runner, to discuss how her scientific interests in soil and her Indigenous ancestry influence her running practice. Lydia shares insights on the interconnections between the land, our bodies, and our communities, and how running has become a way for her to connect with her roots while advocating for sustainable agriculture practices. Join us for a fascinating conversation on the intersection of science, culture, and movement.

You can find Lydia here:
Instagram: @llcooljennings

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About Dr. Lydia Jennings

Dr. Lydia Jennings (she/her) is an environmental soil scientist. Lydia, citizen of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe (Yoeme) and Huichol (Wixáritari), earned her Bachelors of Science from California State University, Monterey Bay in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in the Department of Environmental Sciences, with a minor in American Indian Policy.Her research interests are in soil health, environmental data stewardship and science communication. You can learn more about Lydia on her Instagram account, @llcooljennings.


Alex Dickinson is a writer, runner, and a yoga and meditation teacher. He approaches running and yoga practice with a similar mindset—as ways to connect mind and body, explore internal and external landscapes, and simply feel better. He finds the pairing of the pursuits is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s his mission to share the gifts of these practices fairly and equitably, with a great deal of respect for the roots of the practice and those who have passed it down the generations.


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