Like Preparing For A Trail Race, No Estate Plan Is Ever Perfect. Prepare The Best You Can, Put The Plan Into Motion, And Then Readjust Along The Way.

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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  • Start of the 2016 Blackwater 10 Mile Trail Race

    Start of the race

  • Like Preparing For A Trail Race

    Myself & friend, Amy

  • Like Preparing For A Trail Race

    Part of the race course

  • Like Preparing For A Trail Race

    I finished!

“O--M--G,” I thought disbelievingly as my heart sank mere moments before loping off into the woods. About 100 other racers and I had just been bussed and dropped in the middle of Blackwater State Forest on a deserted fireroad which apparently had no cell service.

What do you mean that I cannot access my Spotify playlist that I spent two weeks perfecting for my first ten mile trail race? [How was I supposed to know that I needed to toggle the button on the application that says “make available offline”?]

Am I really going to run this race with NO MUSIC?! I needed something to take my mind off of what I was about to do for the next 2+ hours. After all, I don’t particularly enjoy running. I enjoy the challenge and getting away from the “real world,” but enjoy running itself? Not so much.

No time to cry or scream or throw things (dang it). The bus had left and I had no escape option nor time to change my mind as the race director had just yelled, “Go!”

It turns out that although I did have a few songs saved on my phone, I didn’t really need them. The course was flooded from the monsoon-like rain we’d had in the days leading up to the race. We were trekking through mud and waist-high deep water for half of the race.

I had never run ten miles before, let alone a ten mile trail run, but I was hoping that my boot camp attendance (read more about that here) would pay off and I would at least finish before the post-race food ran out.

My goal was to finish the race in under two hours which I did, at 1:58. I finished 9th out of 19 women in my age group. Top Half. Woohoo!

Although entirely unexpected, the wet race conditions made for an unforgettable and AMAZINGLY FUN race experience.

As a perfectionist, running the Blackwater 10 Mile Trail Race would have been easy to postpone. After all, I’d never run that far before, I didn’t know what to expect, I am still getting back into shape following a long hiatus, I was not prepared for wet conditions, and my music (my security blanket) was MIA.

However, as with preparing for a race, no (estate) plan is ever perfect. We prepare the best we can, think through the various things that can go wrong, try not to overthink it (which leads to procrastination), put the plan into motion, and then readjust along the way.


Although in hindsight, there are things I would do differently in preparing for the race, I’m so glad I actually did it!

An imperfect race that is run is better than no attempt at all.

Any written estate plan is better than no planning at all.

I encourage you to JUST DO IT!

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