Coaching Philosophy & About Breeda
My passion is the sport of running. It has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Just about every opportunity I've had in life (college scholarship; international travel) has been a result of my life long involvement in the sport. I started competitive running at the age of seven. At age eight I finished second in the 80 meters at the Irish National Youth Championships. I won my first national title in 1979 in the 200 meters with a national record. My last national title came in 2001 in the 5000 meters. That year I represented Ireland at the IAAF World Championship in Edmonton, Canada. My single greatest accomplishment as an athlete was earning a spot on the Irish Olympic Team and representing my country in the Sydney Olympic games in 2000.
My career has been long roller coaster ride with it's share of devastating lows and unbelievable highs. In the process I learned a lot about what works and doesn't work in athletics training. As an athlete with life long scoliosis and spondylosis I understand the balance between running and cross training the need to build a strong body to continue to perform without pain and injuries. If there is a will I will find a way.
Now my energy is balanced with maintaining my own fitness while helping runners and others in the Stevens Point area develop theirs.
My passion is to help all in the community develop a love for the sport of running & fitness and improve their performance and maintain fitness beyond their own expectations.
I continue to be a student of fitness and sport and fit At every opportunity I learn coaching methods from the best coaches and fitness professionals in the United States. I attend USATF running clinics, strength training workshops, and research constantly. I take my job as a coach very seriously. I have high expectations for my athletes and they expect expert coaching service from me.
My coaching philosophy is start athletes young with an experienced and educated coach. It is critical to guide athletes with age appropriate conditioning with an emphasis on speed and core strength. Much of this "training" actually occurs through games and exercises that are lighthearted, but competitive. It doesn't work unless it is fun. Running is an excellent form of strength training for the young because it builds bone density and develops lung capacity. The sport provides a strong foundation that will pay dividends for years to come. My competitive running career has been 41 years so far!