The Heart of the Matter - Page 7
Photo by Justin Bailie.
Standing in her kitchen, the fun and laughter that seemed to overflow Arbogast at Waldo are muted. Her devilish streak has been replaced by a calm stillness that is underlined by the quietness of her home. Ruby has grown up and left home, and two years ago, Arbogast’s husband of 25 years, Brian, died of complications from a series of brain tumors. He was an avid athlete and Arbogast’s primary support at many of her top finishes. She doesn’t talk much about his death, instead opting to live well and pursue her passions. She has a garden behind the house where she grows many of the fresh vegetables that fill her diet, and her office where she practices massage therapy is tucked into a front bedroom. A cat and dog help fill the space.
“Meghan has been through so much,” says Lin gentling, the team’s manager. “Yet through it all she has continued to live with grace and joy. She knows exactly who she is, and how she wants to live in this world. Her running is part of the way she expresses joy and love.”
Running is part of how Arbogast has faced life’s challenges. It’s an outlet and a balm, and racing might be the greatest expression of that.
“If I’m pinning on a bib and lining up, I’m racing hard,” she says. “I’m there to run and compete, and a good strong field is where I’m going to run my best. My goal is to not slow down. i want to be 70 years old and going hard. I want to run forever.”
— Six-time > Western States 100M Top-10 Finisher (Squaw Valley, CA)
— Four-time > Olympic Qualifier for the marathon distance (PR of 2:45:43) (Sacramento, CA)
— 1st place > Bootlegger 50K (Boulder City, NV), 2012
— 1st place > Jed Smith 50M (Sacramento, CA), 2012
— 1st place > Dizzy Daze 50/50 50M (Seattle, WA), 2012
— Gold Medal > USA 100K World Championship Team (Seregno, Italy), 2012
— 2nd place > Miwok 100K (50+ age-group record) (Marin Headlands, CA), 2011
— 2nd place > JFK 50M (Hagerstown, MD), 2011
— Silver Medal > USA 100K World Championship Team (Winschoten, Netherlands), 2011
— 1st place > McKenzie River Trail Run 50K (McKen- zie Bridge, OR), 2010
— 1st place > Waldo 100K (Willamette Pass Ski Area, Eugene, OR), 2010
— 1st place > White River 50M (Crystal Mountain, WA), 2010