Donn Cabral — Our Guy In The Manchester Road Race

MANCHESTER

After the Olympics, Cabral went into a much-needed state of mental relaxation. He ran some days and not others. He ate what he wanted. He slept as long as he wanted. Then one day, he got in his car and drove across country.

One of Cabral's coaches at Glastonbury, Oviatt moved to Bellingham, Wash., after Cabral's junior year. They remained in contact.

"He has read every workout I've ever done in 8 1/2 years," Cabral said. "I was considering one of the elite groups in Portland or training centers. I told Peter I'd like to run with him first and foremost."

Cabral arrived in Bellingham on Oct. 7 and began running Oct. 8. The first week he did 111 miles. Six weeks later, he was home for his only race of the fall. He will resume training in Bellingham next week for the indoor season. Under contract with Nike, running is his full-time job.

"I'm extremely fortunate," Cabral said.

And judging by people walking into the middle of his interview to wish him well, extremely popular. Kidded he was the mayor of Manchester, Cabral answered, "I met the mayor [Leo Diana] yesterday."

"A lot of people from town asked me what my next race was and I said Manchester," Cabral said. "They're like that'll be a piece of cake after the Olympics. I don't think people who aren't exposed to the elite running world realize how good these guys are."

Asked where his conditioning was on a scale of 1 to 10, Cabral answered 5 or 6.

"No excuse," he said, "a lot of the people in the race at this point in the season would say something similar. I was ready. I focused more on it than if I went to Minneapolis to race. I have a little something to prove here."

For the rest of this day all he had to prove were some increased domestic skills. Cabral planned to hang with friends who arrived from around the country to run the race. Some stayed at the family home. He was psyched to spend time with his brother and sister and his mom and dad.

"There'll be a big feast," Cabral said. "On Thanksgiving, we all do different parts. I've done mashed potatoes for a few years, but now that I have a college degree I might work on something a little more difficult."

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