4:13:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

I started 2015 with one goal- run one race each month.

One half marathon, one 15k, three 10ks, and seven 5ks later, and #run2015 is complete.

I didn't achieve any great times or distances, but that wasn't necessarily my goal. Maybe 2016 will be the year of a sub-25min 5k? Who knows, but here is a recap of the year:

Zoo Run Run 5k, January 24, Nashville
     *not timed

Hot Chocolate 15k, February 14, Nashville
     1:28:11 (9:28/mile)

Friends for Healing 10k, March 21, Franklin
     56:08.6 (9:03/mile)
     2nd place Female 10K - 2 Person Co-Ed Team Top Finishers

St. Jude Country Music 1/2 Marathon, April 25, Nashville
     2:13:57 (10:13/mile)

Beyond the Battlefield 10k, May 23, Brentwood
     F 10k 30-34  3rd 54:56.5 (8:51/mile)

Running of the Bulls 5k, June 20, Winston Salem
     28:23 (9:09/mile)
     2nd Place F 30-34

Music City July 4th 5k, July 4, Nashville
     31:06.1 (10:00/mile)

Urban Runoff 5k, August 29, Nashville
     31:03.2 (9:59/mile)

Franklin Classic 5k, September 7, Franklin
     26:36.59 (8:33/mile)

The Sara Walker Run 5k, October 4, Nashville
     *not timed

Hammer Down 10k, November 21, Nashville
     1:03:25.5 (10:13/mile)

Rudolph's Red Nose Run 5k, December 19, Nashville
     32:46.0 (10:34/mile)

2015 totals (logged in Runkeeper):

328.2 miles

55:37 hours

30,475 calories

Until next year,


dear little ones: a week away.

7:58:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

My sweet little ones,

I love you so so much, but motherhood is hard. I often dream of some sort of break... a night without baths or stories or bedtime, five minutes without someone wanting a snack, a quiet evening on the patio with a book, a few minutes alone and away from it all.

But the truth is my life is empty without you. From the moment we said goodbye, my heart hurt. I drove away with an ache and longing for you that I sometimes forget is there. Everything seemed too quiet.

It's only a week. But for the last four years, I haven't known a week without you. I've barely known a night without you. A week can feel like so much more than a week, and some days are painfully longer than others. I miss you more every minute, but I hope you're not missing me. I hope you are having the time of your life. More importantly I hope I’ve taught you to feel safe away from me, knowing I will always return with more hugs and kisses than I left you with. No matter the distance, you are always a part of my heart.

love always & forever,


dear little ones

1:44:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

my little loves,

I don't write often anymore because there just aren't words for the way I feel about you. I wake each morning undeserving of the endless love you've brought to my life, and I go to bed each night wondering how I can be better for you. I want you to experience the best this world has to offer, and I want you both to be better than you ever thought imaginable. I won't get it right all of the time, and I may not even get it right most of the time, but I promise that everything I do for you is out of sincere love from my heart that grows more and more each day.

Logan, you are such a sweet, compassionate little man. I have no worries for your little sister as long as you are by her side, because you have more concern for her than I could have ever dreamed of. You make sure she is happy and safe, and even sing to calm her when she's upset. You do a pretty great job of looking out for your Mom, too. You are cautious but adventurous, and explore the world safely and with purpose. Your imagination flows in the most magical way. You are inquisitive with an amazing memory, and your smile will always melt my heart.

Adaleigh, you are my little wild child. Always by Mommy's side, and never happier than when we are together. You are incredibly fearless and unpredictable, always keeping me on my toes. You love basketball, shoes, and baby dolls, but nothing compares to the love for your brother. I admire the special bond you have with him as your protector, teacher, and best friend. Your vocabulary grows exponentially every day, and your sweet voice matches your beauty that takes my breath away.

Logan and Adaleigh, you are my world. You make me want to be better in everything I do. I am so proud to call you mine, and I feel blessed to guide you through this life until you are ready to fly free on your own. You are a part of me, and I will carry you with me every where I go. I miss you every minute of every day that I am away. There is no place I'd rather be than with the two of you by my side. I love you in the most overwhelming, joyful way.

Always & forever,