I'm Obviously Committed to Finishing this 50K Because Look What I Am Willing to Give Up to Do It!

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is an ultra trail runner, Peloton rider, yoga and meditator enthusiast, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife and mom to two young adult children, and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Florida women and their families for over 25 years.

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No, anything but that. Don’t make me give up THAT!


I visited my Rolfer earlier this week. [Google it if you don’t know what rolfing is and the benefits.]

 

My Rolfer ROCKS because every time I have seen her over the past five years, she has fixed what has ailed me—all running related injuries.

 

With our 50K training ramping up and our mileage increasing (30 miles this weekend!), my feet, legs and hip have been giving me trouble.

 

I am very diligent about stretching before and, more importantly, after every workout. I bought new shoes and even a new torture device, the dreaded foam roller for which I have a not so very nice nickname which I won’t share with you here.

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Me with my torture device

However, it was time to bring out the big guns to ensure I make it through my training safely and, hopefully, pain-free. So off to my Rolfer I went.

 

After watching me walk the cat walk in my bathing suit (which sure beats walking around in my underwear) to see how my alignment and gait is, she asked me if I regularly lift my heels while sitting, toes on the floor.

 

No, I replied cautiously (I could see where this might be headed). I debated briefly whether I should volunteer the next incriminating bit of information. But, in the end I figured I shouldn’t hold back since I was paying her ‘big bucks’ for her expertise.

 

[I joke about the expense because her fee is truly an investment in my health and I have five years worth of proof. It’s just still hard to part with my hard earned money around the holidays.]

 

No, I don’t do that but I do wear high heels pretty much every day to the office.

 

Aha, well there’s a big part of your problem. She then proceeded to tell me about the evils of my beautiful footware of choice.

 

Choosing my words carefully and thinking about how important it is for me to finish this darn race, I promised her that I would forego my high heels until the race in mid-February but all bets were off after that.

 

She chuckled and reminded me that she’s not telling me what to do. She’s just educating me and giving me information so I can make my own informed choices.

 

Darn it. I hate it when someone throws my own words back in my face. That’s pretty much verbatim what I tell all of my clients when we are designing their Family Succession Plans.

 

After our hour together, she had me walk the cat walk again. I felt so much lighter on my feet and, dare I say, taller?

 

I’m not out of the woods yet. I’ve committed to seeing her regularly leading up to my race. We still have a lot to work on with my body, my poor posture, bad habits, and misalignment.

 

But I’m now headed in the right direction. And good news for me is that she doesn’t want me foam rolling while we’re working together. Hallelujah! “You B****” is being put in time out for the next few months.

 

Although I could try to find some “cheaper” fixes for my ailments, I don’t believe in skimping out on quality services that work. I like my Rolfer and I trust her and I have the track record with her to prove it.

 

Kristen “Crying in my High Heels” Marks

 

P.S. Stay tuned for the launch of our upcoming VIP service in January. As a member, I will have more time to devote to you and your planning. And, I won’t even make you give up your high heels!

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