Lidia Garcia

Lidia is a middle distance specialist from Pasadena, CA. She started running track her junior year of high school and has been loyal to the sport ever since! She ran the 800m in college and post collegiately in New York City for the Central Park Track Club. She is now focusing on distances from the 1500m up to the half marathon. Her favorite event will always be the 800, but 5ks are a close second! What she loves most about the sport is the way it tests our bravery. Regardless of speed or experience, every runner is accepting the challenge to endure the same journey toward a more authentic self. For Lidia, running and racing is a very personal experience that can reflect so much about the lives we all lead. When she’s not running she’s working on her life coaching business, The Lust for Life. She can also be found cuddling with her two Italian Greyhounds, Luigi Carlo and Giovanni Dante. Her favorite hobbies (besides running) are listening to live music, traveling, and wine tasting. Lidia has a Masters of Science in Social Work and a BA in Psychology.

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

PR’S:
800m - 2:14
5k (Road) - 17:57
10k (Road) - 38:37
Half Marathon - 1:25

EDUCATION:
Columbia University
Hypnosis Motivation Institute
UC Riverside