My Mind Almost Gave Up the Ghost But I Made It to the Starting Line On Time

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is an ultrarunner, newbie yogi, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife and mom to two college kids, and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. She has been crafting professional estate plans for Florida women and families for over 25 years, making things simple for their loved ones when they're gone and preparing their loved ones for the future.

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“You’ll never guess what I’m doing this weekend,” I excitedly told my fellow car riders.

 

“What?,” they asked.

 

“Running TWO half mar..a..thons…,” my voice trailed off as I quickly looked at my watch.

 

Holy crap! I was already 45 minutes late to the start of the first race!

 

Just then, from the backseat, I saw runners headed our way in the opposite lane of traffic.

 

I spotted Amy in the pack and quickly rolled down my window.

 

“Amy!,” I yelled. “I’ll catch up with you on the course!

 

But don’t worry! This is only a dream! It’s not really happening!” I knew she’d be pissed if I really missed the race start.

 

Yup, that was my dream two nights before race day.

 

And yes, in the dream I actually realized that I was dreaming.

 

Even though the sinking sensations were there that I was actually late to the starting line, everything slowing down to slow motion, and the heaviness in the chest that happens when you have these types of “late for something” dreams, I actually dreamt in the awareness that none of this was really happening.

 

And then, in my dream, I actually had the wherewithal, to tell Amy that I was dreaming.

 

Reminds me of the first time I dreamed in French about two months into when I was living with a host family and studying abroad in the Loire Valley in college.

 

Guess my mindfulness meditation is paying off. I’m now actually able to dream in a mindfulness state!

 

Crazy Kristen, Amy & JessicaFortunately, I did make it on time to both of my Half Marathons this past weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. (Does that count as a full marathon?)

 

I actually was not as sore as I thought I might be, though my knees were cursing me during Sunday’s race, the first inaugural Women’s Half Marathon hosted by Run Pensacola.

 

Although I’ll never win any speed records, finishing middle of the pack both days, and I still don’t like running on the road, I was proud of our training efforts.

 

Training and preparation does pay off even though it can feel like a drag at the time.

 

So too planning your Life & Legacy Estate Plan pays off big time for your loved ones.

 

When you make the effort to pre-plan your affairs, you inevitably save your family time, money, and headaches in the future when you’re gone.

 

And yes, folks. I hate to break the news to you, but your time here on this planet is limited.

 

And no. Just because you plan your affairs and think about your death, does not jinx you into an early demise. (Practicing for twenty-five years, I know some of you subconsciously believe this.)

 

If you’re finally ready to get off your duff and get some planning in order, then call our office today and Amanda or I will be happy to walk you through the process step-by-step.

 

Or better yet, check out our new homepage and download our free book today to get started.

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Crazy Amy and I are hitting the trails again on Saturday for a 16 mile training run in Blackwater now that our road races are behind us. We are preparing for our big 50 mile trail race in January, the Bear Bait Ultra, to castigate, I mean celebrate, both of our 50th birthdays next month.

 

Is 16 miles too short to break out the Fireball? Don’t know. I’ll keep you posted!

 

Kristen “Never too early to break out the Fireball” Marks

 

P.S. Don’t forget to RSVP now by calling our office (850-439-1191) for my upcoming co-hosted Free lunch workshop on “10 Common Yet Easily Avoidable Estate Planning Mistakes Your Family Will Thank You For Preventing” on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at the Fish House in Pensacola.

 

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