Lydia grew up in Nigeria, West Africa, but hales from the East Coast (Northern Delaware). Her and her husband moved to Bellingham in the summer of 2013, where Lydia worked as a Mental Health Professional (MHP) at an outpatient community mental health clinic in Mount Vernon, taught classes at a local community college, coached middle school running and volunteered at Happy Valley Elementary School in Fairhaven with Girls on the Run (a joy for her to interact with light-hearted and full of life youth, girls who she could empower and encourage to stay positive and healthy). Lydia and her husband have since moved to Djibouti, Africa, where Lydia heads the program, Girls Run 2, a program which transforms “lives and communities in the horn of Africa through running.”
Life in Djibouti for Lydia consists of running, taking Somali language lessons, shopping at the local markets, and heading practice and races for Girls Run 2. She loves to lose herself in novels and share dinners with old and new friends.
Lydia’s fondest running memory is of the Rock’n’Roll half marathon in Philly, 2012, where she ran her PR (1:18:10) where her husband helped pace her and she felt that rare effortlessness.
- 5k – 17:28
- 15k – 55:56
- 10 mile – 59:04
- ½ marathon – 1:18:10
- Marathon – 2:47:06
- 2015 Victoria 1/2 Marathon Team Champion(s)
- Olympic Trials Qualifier (sub 2:43)
- Improve times across all distances
A few of Lydia’s favorite things…
Going to sleep during a Nigerian thunderstorm with the rain hammering on the tin roof and the thunder as loud as a collapsing wall.
Exploring a new town/country with her husband while drinking coffee.
Running through fall leaves on a clear, crisp fall day in Delaware after a hot/humid summer.
Returning to a sub-Saharan country, smelling the air and wandering the streets bartering for goods in pigeon English.