Multiple All-American Diego Estrada has been blogging about his time in Flagstaff running for the Lumberjacks under Coach Heins. He currently has five posts up on the new running website INSTRIDE. Below is an excerpt from a post he wrote a few weeks ago called “Happiness.”
While I strongly believe Coach Heins is one of the best coaches in the NCAA and someone I credit a lot of my success to, there was something more that has influenced the success. The more I look back at it, the more I realize what really caused my breakthrough freshman season; the season where I completely exceeded my own expectations, expectations that I had set really high to begin with. While a lot of my friends and teammates back home credit that breakthrough to a healthy year, I don’t. I strongly believe that the reason for having a smooth college transition was the environment I was in. In Flagstaff I found peace and comfort. I was blessed with great friends/teammates that were very encouraging and supportive. I was constantly smiling riding my bike on the trails and smelling that fresh air. I found a good church to attend and had a daily peace of mind. Life wasn’t complicated. It was exciting. I was worry free and kept in constant contact with my family and Coach. I had a picture perfect living environment; my life was full of joy. I had a firm foundation, I had my priorities straight and not once did I question the move. Flagstaff changed my life!
The rest of his blogs are filled with insights into the experiences, relationships and training that has developed him into one of the finest American distance runners in the country. Read all of Diego’s blogs at INSTRIDE. (New blogs are featured every Monday)