Even the Best Laid Plans Can Go Awry

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is a travel enthusiast, empty-nest mom to two young adult children, athlete, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife of almost three decades (to the same wonderful man!), and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Floridians and their families for over 28 years.

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Wow, I wonder where that pain came from?

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The ligament on the back of my left knee was as taut as a piano string.


Gotta keep moving, however, if I have any shot of getting home in time to say goodbye to Jill before she heads back to college following her Thanksgiving break . We’d been running in the woods for the last 2 hours since 6am.


Crazy Amy, Crazy Jessica and I were on Week 1, Day 2 of training for our 50K in February yesterday.


Our 12 week training plan called for 18 miles on Saturday followed by another 10 miles on Sunday. Saturday had its own aches & pains on the bottoms of my feet but this was something new.


As an aside, when I mentioned my discomfort to Andrew, he casually remarked that maybe almost 50 year old legs aren’t meant to take that kind of abuse. Wrong answer, honey.


I just didn’t understand it. I have been stretching regularly both before and after workouts. My trail running shoes are fairly new and broken in. My legs were fine last weekend in the Blackwater Half Marathon (plus an extra two miles!).


Plus, we were running s-l-o-w on the trails so we could learn to pace ourselves. I’m talking 17 minute miles slow.


Goes to show you that no matter how much planning you put into an endeavor, you should always expect the unexpected. And injury is certainly an unexpected, not to mention unwelcome, development.



Of course I help my clients plan for reasonably foreseeable contingencies in their Family Succession Plans. But again, we can’t account for everything which is why all Estate Plans should be reviewed and, if needed, updated regularly (every 3-5 years).


Another surefire way to make your family’s life a living nightmare when you’re gone is to not leave any type of written and documented roadmap or blueprint for them to follow.


I am launching a new service to help you build your own Family Succession Blueprint soon, that goes beyond the written planning you may have already done. Details to follow soon.



No matter the reason, the back of my knee is still very tender. Advil, (some) rest, ice and and lots of foam rolling my legs are in my near future. I even scheduled a visit to my Rolfer who has always been my miracle worker on my injured legs in the past.


On the bright side, at least with my new knee pain, I’m no longer thinking about my foot pain anymore!


Kristen “Not Afraid of a Little Pain” Marks


P.S. I will be discussing ways to avoid Florida probate on tomorrow’s Facebook Live broadcast. Details are on our Facebook page.

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