Six Things I’ve Learned From Spraining My Ankle

Sprained Ankle

When an injury ruins your training plans for the rest of the year, the only thing to do is eat all of the leftover Halloween candy in an attempt to stifle the envy you feel for your running friends out there slaying hills before the rest of the world is even awake.

(I’m not sure why this part of running makes me feel slightly smug, but waking up in the dark and working up a sweat while the mere mortals are still in bed hitting snooze over and over again gives me a sense of superiority. I know, I’m insufferable.)

The fact that my friends are out logging miles in the darkness while I’m sitting here eating Halloween candy nursing my sprained ankle is sending me into fits. (Lack of endorphins? Sugar overload? Call it what you will, but it sucks.)

It’s been 25 days since I slipped and fell into this pond at my friend Kristen’s house in Walnut Creek, CA.

Kristen's Pond

In the darkness, I went to walk behind that wooden couch and didn’t see the pond. My left leg slipped in, leaving my right ankle responsible for holding my entire body up. (An impossible feat, apparently.)



Monty Boy

Shout-out to my little friend Monty who never left my side that first night. Because if you can’t give a proper blog shout out to the really special ones, what is the purpose of even having a blog?


Emily on the left and Erin on the right.

Emily on the left and Erin on the right.


I was three days away from running my 10th half marathon, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco with two of my favorite girlfriends Emily and Erin. Instead of the epic girls’ shopping, eating and drinking weekend I had hoped for, I spent my days elevating and icing a sprained ankle.

I immediately wanted to get on the next plane to Hawaii and head home to my own bed, but Erin (a fellow mother and business-owner) smartly reminded me that “home” didn’t necessarily mean rest. Home means kids and a business and laundry and email… and she was right; no matter how injured I was I would inevitably end up not resting.

San Francisco Apartment

SF Apt Parlor


So I stayed in San Francisco and relaxed in a beautiful turn of the century apartment in Japan Town. I was even able to jump in an Uber and meet my girls for a post-race brunch to celebrate their finishes.

Now that I’m back in Kauai and my ankle has had some time to heal, I thought I would share a little of the wisdom I’ve gained over the last three weeks:

1. Ankle sprains take a LOOOOOONG ass time to heal. Be patient, friends. You’re not going anywhere soon.

2. A little rest never hurt anyone. In fact, it actually feels good to sleep until 6:00 a.m. every morning. I have smaller bags under my eyes and my skin looks more amazing than ever. Go figure!

3. Lorelei Gilmore is hilarious. Why did I never watch even one episode of Gilmore Girls my entire life? (The answer to that is: I don’t know but I’ve certainly made up for it these last few weeks. Thank you, Netflix.)

4. Ridiculous sugar intake plus week-long Netflix marathons guarantees you a first class seat on the fast-track to Fluffyville. Just saying.

5. If you have a nurse friend, consider yourself a winner. My friend Emily makes it her job to monitor my personal health and well-being. Every scratch, hangnail and/or sneeze does not go unnoticed when Emily is around. Even though she is equally concerned about all her friends (she doesn’t play favorites when it comes to being all up in your healthcare business), I can’t help but feel special. Having a medical professional on your side can only be a good thing.

6. Feeling sorry for your sad self will get you nowhere. Instead of wallowing in my inability to MOVE, I’ve tried to enjoy these last several weeks of down time as much as possible. (Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fair share of fits, but I’ve found those worthless tantrums don’t accomplish anything more than making me feel all kinds of ridiculous.) Fits aside, I’ve cleaned closets, organized old photos, watched a few episodes of Gilmore Girls (okay, ALL OF THEM) and used this time to map out my fitness plan for 2016.

This ankle sprain has definitely slowed me down but my world has not come to a screeching halt. I will eventually be able to lace up my running shoes and once again watch the sunrise with sweat dripping down my face, my running pals in the distance.

You’ll know I’m back at it when pictures like these start popping up in my feed:




I told you I’m insufferable.


Five Favorites: Fuchsia Lipstick


If you follow me on Instagram or know me IRL you might have noticed that I have a serious affection for bright pink lipstick. I rarely wear any other shade, I love it that much.

My all-time favorite fuchsia is MAC Girl About Town (shown above, top right corner) which is an intense blue-pink with just the right amount of color payoff and moisture. In addition to MAC Girl About Town, I am loving these four other fuchsia lipsticks:

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in 377 Rose Couture (top middle)

MAC Giambattista Valli Matte Tats (top left)

CHANEL Rouge Allure in 93 Exaltee (bottom left)

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Spellbound 325 (bottom right)

These lipsticks are in heavy rotation in my Makeup Bag these days, as you can see from my personal collection below. I like to apply directly from the tube because I’m not fussy and I can’t be bothered with a lip brush. Also, I like a fully covered mouth (no dabbing for me) so straight from the tube is the way to go.


If you prefer a less intense lip, try gently tapping on lipstick with your fingertip and then apply gloss or balm over. A matte formula works great for this technique.


Tips for Running in Humidity


This year’s El Nino event has brought record heat and humidity across the nation making for some miserable outdoor conditions this summer. Here in Kauai, the last few months have been so steamy I can barely walk down the hallway without breaking a sweat. My long run last weekend had me so water-logged with my own sweat I had to take a break mid-run and wring out my clothes (gross, I know). And this was at 6:00 a.m.

Running in extreme weather conditions can be uncomfortable at best and downright dangerous at worst. According to this Heat Index from the NOAA National Weather Service, 86 degrees with 71% humidity (the predicted conditions for The Kauai Marathon this Sunday) means race-day temperature will feel more like 95 degrees. When humidity is a factor, the higher the moisture content in the air the hotter it feels. Swell.


If you’re racing this weekend or just going out for a leisurely run, here are some tips to help you endure the sweltering conditions:


“The most important thing you can do when racing in high heat and humid weather conditions is to adjust your expectations,” says Michele Gonzales, marathoner, running coach and blogger at and “Starting a race too fast, especially longer distances like a marathon, can make the later miles really tough, but doing so in elevated temperatures can be detrimental to your finish.” Slow your pace and focus on running confident and finishing strong. Save the personal record for a cooler race.


George Chiampas, O.D, assistant professor in emergency and sports medicine at Northwestern Medicine and medical director of the Chicago Marathon says, “Be smart about your individualized hydration plan. Humidity is tough.” Come into the race fully hydrated by adding electrolytes and eliminating alcohol a day or two before and staying on top of hydration throughout the race. “You will be sweating more than usual,” Gonzales adds, “Double what you normally drink at water stations, or even stop and walk through them to ensure that you are getting enough fluids.”


Worrying about pace and hydration can be all-consuming on race morning, but don’t forget your SPF. Protect your skin with a non-irritating physical sunblock like Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunblock Lotion SPF 60, with Titanium Dioxide 4.9 % and Zinc Oxide 4.7%.neutrogenababy


Opt for your lightest, moisture-wicking fabric for humid weather. The body’s ability to cool itself in heat and humidity is challenged as moisture in the air keeps sweat on the skin’s surface from evaporating. Choose high-performance fabrics that pull moisture from the skin and allow for faster evaporation to keep cool.


Signs of heat exhaustion include fatigue, nausea, dizziness, headaches, tingly skin and confusion. Stop at the first warning signs of heat-related illness, move to a cooler location and seek medical attention immediately.


Don’t let the muggy weather keep you from enjoying the race you’ve worked so hard preparing for. Get out there and enjoy the race despite the conditions. If you’re in Kauai for The Kauai Marathon I’ll see you on the course!


Race Review: Disney Tinkerbell Half Marathon 2015


Earlier this year we celebrated Janey’s 13th birthday with the entire family at Disneyland.

While I was there I ran the Disney Tinkerbell Half Marathon, a 13.1 mile race that weaved through both Disneyland and Disney Adventure Park as well as the streets of Anaheim.


This was my first experience running a Disney race and it was everything I had expected it to be and more. There were fireworks at the start line, staff on hand at every turn, water stations galore and a gazillion photo opps with Disney characters.

I might have been the only runner that wasn’t in costume as it seems part of the fun of running a Disney race is dressing the part. (If I ever run another Disney race I’ll be sure and keep this in mind.)


Because I was there with my family for Janey’s birthday I didn’t participate in any of the pre or post-race functions but I did stop by the race expo, which had every imaginable runDisney logo item for sale. There was a huge line outside the convention room where this was happening. I was confused at first because what could all these people be waiting for? Packet pickup was downstairs. What was I missing? As I found out, the demand for runDisney logo items is so high they need to control the number of shoppers allowed inside at one time. Apparently, these Disney runners can be vicious shoppers and will not think twice about shoving you and your baby aside for that runDisney rain jacket.

Lucky for me I didn’t need a rain jacket.


I finished the race in my absolute worst time ever (in my defense I was coming back from a hip injury and couldn’t train much for this race) but it was so much fun. I will definitely do it again!

Aloha Friday


If you’ve ever been to Kauai, you’ve probably driven through this tunnel of trees on the island’s south side. (You pass through it on your way to Poipu Beach, Kauai’s most popular beach on the south shore.)

This beautiful landmark is part of my daily commute but it never gets old, especially in the early hours of the morning with the sun’s rays shining through.


A quick search on Instagram shows that the Tree Tunnel is one of the most popular photo opportunities on the island:


I snapped these pics of Janey at four o’clock on a Friday afternoon last month. It took about twenty minutes to get the shots we wanted as we had to dodge traffic coming from both directions.


Kind of dangerous, I suppose, but it was so worth it.

Have a fantastic weekend, my friends!

PS- Let’s connect on Instagram. I’m @makeupbaglife !