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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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Well, I finally did it.


I registered for my first 50k trail race (31 miles in case you’re working the math).

Kristen running Bridge to Bridge 2017.pngMe racing in a local 5K recently

Am I crazy? Actually, I say my friend, “Crazy Amy”, is even crazier than me since I was able to talk her into my hairbrained idea.


Amy hasn’t been told that she can’t run that far. 


I have and believe me, I don’t forget that sh..*., uh, stuff.


Why do I run?


And not just run, but want to run insanely long distances?


I actually don’t like to run. 


I am not a runner. 


But why let a little detail like that deter me?


I run far because it makes me feel empowered and strong. 


I run far to show myself that I can do something that I did not think I do.


I run far because I want to show others that I can do something that they didn’t think that I could do. I know. Mature, right?


Regardless of the reason, running is something that I can control.


As a control freak and both my kids soon out of the house, I’ve found solace in an activity that is still MINE. Something I have total control over.


***You too have total control over the Family Succession Plans you put into place. Don’t waste that control by failing to plan.***


Our 12 week training plan for the 50k begins in one week with our warm-up race, the Blackwater Half Marathon next Saturday.


I’ve already warned my husband that I won’t be seeing much of him on weekend mornings since our plan calls for anywhere from 10-25 miles of trail running each Saturday and Sunday.


I have no desire to finish fast or even place in my age group. 


I just want to finish within the official time limit.


Like my clients tell me when we finish their estate plans, I will feel a sense of relief and satisfaction knowing it’s done.


And then, when I awake the following morning after sleeping in for the first time in three months, I’m sure I will be scouring the internet looking for the next race.


And hopefully talking “Crazy Amy” into registering as well!


Kristen “Don’t Ever Doubt Me” Marks


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