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 !



MAC Flaming Rose: The Best Shade of Red


I consider myself an expert DIY manicurist (I rarely have a professional manicure yet you will NEVER see me without polish).

It’s taken me decades to figure it out, but when it comes to my own manicure, there a few things that I know for sure:

1) NO Glitter. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some shimmer and sparkle. Just not on my nails.

2) Perfect nails, perfect life. Just kidding, nobody has a perfect life. But in all seriousness, my life seems to run smoother when my nails are done. Call me crazy but when my mani is chipped or faded and my cuticles are a mess… my entire existence is a mess. Ridiculous, I know.

3) You can’t go wrong with red. My mom never let me wear polish when I was little and I felt so deprived. I seriously had VIVID DREAMS of someday wearing red polish. Because of this I can never get enough red (come to think of it, this is probably why I’m obsessed with nail polish in general). I blame my mom.


Lately my favorite red is MAC Flaming Rose. This is a clear, creamy red with a blue base. Even though my photos detect some orange, this red is not orange at all.

MAC Nail Laquer is on my list of top five favorite polish brands as it’s long wearing and easy to apply. The formula holds up even in the Hawaii heat and humidity. I have some bottles that are well over 5  years old and they’re still in good shape.


For color comparison, here’s a few reds that look similar to MAC Flaming Rose (from left to right):

  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Red My Lips
  • MAC Flaming Rose
  • OPI Over & Over A-Gwen
  • Revlon Colorstay in Red Carpet

MAC Flaming Rose is available at your local MAC counter and online at for $12.00.

JLuxe by Jennifer Lopez


JLuxe by Jennifer Lopez is the newest fragrance by Jennifer Lopez and is inspired by the superstar’s fiercely fashionable presence.

The spicy floral scent opens up with juicy notes of pineapple and raspberry. Soft violet and Damascenian rose are the heart of this fragrance with sensual layers of amber, cedar wood and musk at the finish.


On my skin JLuxe by Jennifer Lopez is warm and spicy with just enough sweetness for a lasting impression.


JLuxe by Jennifer Lopez is now available at Kohl’s and online at for $49.00.