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Kristin Armstrong
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Kristin Armstrong is a mother of three, a runner, a writer and a speaker. She is the author of Happily Ever After, Strength for the Climb, Work in Progress, Heart of My Heart, Ties that Bind, and Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run. She is a contributing editor for Runner's World magazine and writes a monthly column for Tribeza. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, The Austin American-Statesman, O, The Oprah Magazine, Living Faith, Parents, and Glamour. Kristin lives in Austin, Texas and Santa Barbara, California with her family.

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Buckling In

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 10:13 PM

Recently my 15-year old son had his first friend get his driver's license.

I watched him hop in the passenger seat (spying, from the garage) and held my breath without realizing it until I felt faint. I squeezed my face together and bit my lip. I breathed in and out,...

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The Problem With Having Your Life All Mapped Out

(188) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 6:00 PM

I never imagined that I would be 43 and single.

After all, I had my life all mapped out. I was voted Most Likely to Succeed and Best Hair in my small Minnesota High School; I was going places. I was going to graduate from college with honors, naturally,...

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On Becoming an Imperfectionist

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:34 PM

I spent the first half of my life trying to be a perfectionist. I gave it my best shot, but since I did not succeed, I decided to spend the second half of my life in pursuit of a higher goal -- becoming an imperfectionist.

The impetus for this radical...

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Go Fish

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 3:58 PM

I was running with a good friend, talking about all things kid, work, love, and life. She told me a funny story about her 5th grade son, Luke. A girl-mom from class pulled her aside and confided that her daughter had a giant crush on Luke. My friend cackled and...

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Tween You and Me

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 5:04 PM

I can remember the gynecologist appointments of my youth, the freezing metal intimidation of the stirrups and speculum and the awkward conversations about sex and STDs. I would endure it once a year simply because they held my birth control prescription hostage if I didn't show up. At some point,...

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99 Reasons

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 10:41 AM

I didn't have high expectations for Mother's Day. I mean, my kids can't drive, they don't have any money to speak of and they pay more attention to updates on their phones than to upcoming dates on the calendar.

So when I walked in the kitchen and saw items carefully...

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Pretty Party

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 9:03 PM

Call it PMS, call it whining, call it what you will, but on a long drive to a far-off field to cheer for my daughters at a lacrosse game, I complained to my mother. I had recently written an essay about beauty that was getting some decent response. But I...

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The Dollhouse Years

(26) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:07 PM

I was running with a good friend the other day and when we got on the subject of work and identity, she started to get quiet. After about a mile of monologue (me), she confessed that she felt inadequate in this arena, like she was spinning her wheels in a...

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The Myth of Mystery

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Here's my background check. I'm 42, single mom, divorced for 10 years. I have had my fill of dating, let's just say it like it is, who wants to be seen naked for the first time in middle age? Thank God for dimmers and failing eyesight after 40, just saying.

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Amazing Grace

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:25 PM

I have twin daughters, 12-years-old. They are an ongoing experiment in the laboratory of life for me, having never had a sister. I marvel at their ability to yank hair, rake skin with "the Claw," scream pressure point insults, then fall asleep together like spoons. They can gauge each other's...

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Pretty Much

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Every little girl grows into a big girl who carries the same question tucked inside:

Am I pretty?

I remember the first time one of my twin daughters asked me this question, dressed in pink, blonde curls unruly, chubby child feet with painted toes, staring in the mirror, looking through...

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I Am

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 10:59 AM

With the fits and starts in our economy, the pressures on college graduates to find jobs, and the identity makeovers of moms reentering the workplace -- the question of what am I going to be when I grow up no longer just applies to dreamy children.

I myself have reinvented...

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