Video of 7th place (and highest Colorado male finisher) at the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon, Fernando Cabada. Seven time National Collegiate Champion, Three time USA National Champion and current 25k American Record Holder, Cabada finished strong, fighting off a late surge from Nick Arcianaga to finish 7th with a PR of 2:11:53.
With the race going out strong, Cabada recounts his reaction in going through 5k in the 15’s, his work during the middle of the race and hitting the wall near the end, only to find the strength to move up from 15th to 7th. Cabada describes the race conditions, fighting the headwind to maintain his pace and and his overall satisfaction with his performance.
Planning for a spring marathon (which is still undecided), Cabada will be resting for this week and looks forward to training, especially racing, once more. Typically, Cabada only runs around 90 miles week and has a strong connection to his Boulder residence.
We spoke briefly about sponsors, as he is no longer sponsored by Reebok, his change to working with Brad Hudson and his love for Boulder. Sponsorship wise, Cabada is confident that his strong showing at the Trials will yield some results, as placing in the money was a huge motivator for him yesterday for finishing strong.
Changewise, Cabada commented on his moves during college and his idea coaching style. Regarding his decision to join the American Distance Project in Colorado Springs, which was helmed by his former collegiate coach, Scott Simmons and past Italian Olympic coach, now African guru, Renato Canova, Cabada remarked that he “definitely jumped on board in half a second”. Cabada contends that Conova is one of the best coaches in the world, so it was a logical decision. Soon after, he had second thoughts, as he realized that he did not want to leave Boulder for Kenya and was not excited about having a remote coach. Cabada decided to “let the dust settle”, reconsidered after realizing that after self coaching he was able to achieve another national title and opted to stay in the welcoming hills outside of Boulder.
Considering himself an “emotional runner” that needs individual attention, Cabada explained that he found himself wanting a coach for the lead up to the trials if he had a shot at making the top three. Additionally, he stated feeling fast and strong and has family ties to Boulder, so when Brad Hudson came back to Boulder, it was a perfect fit.