Forest Park Hikes

A Taste of Hawaii

I took a break from weight lifting for awhile. Part of it was when I hurt my back at the beginning of August. Part of it was just not feeling motivated to do it (first trimester fatigue) and all I could drag my tired butt to do was the elliptical and swimming. Then we got busy with houseguests, I ran a 5k and we went on vacation for our anniversary where we just hiked.

So recently I got back to lifting weights and was feeling a renewed sense of interest and desire and energy to do it. I was SO sore after those first few times lifting. I’m glad to be back at it but yeah, sore! Since I was still a little sore, I took it a little easy on this session. I did bicep curls, overhead tricep extensions, one-leg Romanian Deadlift, my ab workout (including planks and my PT exercises for my back), a seated row and then finished up with 3 miles on the elliptical.

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My energy level was great during the whole workout. A LOT better than it had been recently. A little bit later Michael and I met my friend Sam and her boyfriend for a lunch date. When Sam and I made the plans I’d been craving Hawaiian (but hadn’t said anything to her about it yet) and she suggested Ohana. Apparently my friend is psychic!

Ohana was a cute place. The service was great and the food was decent. It definitely wasn’t as good as the food we had in Hawaii but it was tasty. Michael got the spam musubi appetizer. It was something he was looking forward to when we made the plans. The spam musubi we had in Maui was a risky choice–neither of us had ever had spam and it sounded kind of….gross….but it was AMAZING. We were both hoping to relive that. Here was the Portland spam musubi:

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It was a little different than what we got on Maui, where it was small–like a sushi roll–that was deep fried and did I mention it was amazing?? This version was pretty good. I had a few bites. The flavor was fantastic. I wish it had been smaller, bite-sized pieces, but overall it was good.

For lunch Michael got a place of short ribs and chicken with rice and macaroni salad. I got the kahlua pig–of course! What I had been craving. It also came with rice and macaroni salad. The kahlua was tender and moist and really good, but on the salty side. Overall the meal was really good and I’d go back and try other things. I had a bite of the short ribs, which were great so I think I’d get that next time.

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I had a glass of iced tea sweetened with real lilikoi pulp with lunch. It was too sweet for my liking (I like plain iced tea instead of sweet) but it was kind of a nice treat. I also got a slice of the purple sweet potato and coconut custard pie to go for later. I just couldn’t resist!

Lunch was really filling and a lot of food so dinner was very light (it might have been popcorn and lemonade while we watched a movie). And then of course the pie for dessert. 🙂

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The pie was very mild and didn’t have an particular overpowering flavor. The sweet potato was mild, the coconut was mild. It wasn’t overly sweet . It had toasted coconut on top (yum) and the crust of the pie was fantastic!

Sunday

Woke up SORE. I’m surprised at how sore my lower body was considering the only lower body activity I did was the one-leg Romanian deadlifts. And I used two 10 pound weights and did 3 sets of 10. It’s not like I did something strenuous but damn I was sore. 🙁 I’m guessing this is a pregnancy side-effect. Extra extra sore everything.

Since it was a nice day and I was kind of feeling too sore to go to the gym, we asked Bella if she wanted to go for a hike.

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I think she was stoked! We did the Pittock Mansion Hike that starts at the Lower Macleay Park. I’ve never done it before, but I’ve seen parts of it that connect all over Washington Park.

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I think we picked up the trail in the middle of it. That happens a lot with the Forest Park trails–especially Wildwood trail (which is huge and connects all the trails in the park) because we definitely missed the Stone House (bummer) and it wasn’t 5 miles roundtrip. Where we started the trail was pretty steep and went up immediately and steady the whole way.

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This is a very popular trail and it’s also a popular spot for trail runners. We saw a bunch of trail runners and lots of hikers. Bella did so good on the trail! Not a single bark at any people or other dogs! We hiked for about 40 minutes I think and then we were at the top! Pittock Mansion:

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It was a popular place on a sunny Sunday. We walked around to the back and found a bench to sit on where we could eat our lunch in the sunshine. It was a gorgeous view.

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The grounds were pretty and there were lots of flowers till in bloom. My favorites were the dahlias, of course.

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After lunch (Michael had a sandwich, I had egg salad with crackers and an apple) we hiked back down Wildwood Trail to the parking lot. We’d considered going a little further to see what we missed on the other part of the trail but it was getting late in the day. Next time. I really want to see the Stone House!

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We did 2.77 miles roundtrip. It was a decent little trek in the woods, nice picnic, nice weather. I burned 353 calories.

Unhappy Feet

The last few weeks hasn’t been great for my body. About a month and a half ago I was having foot pain in my left foot and went to the doctor because it wasn’t going away. He said I bruised the bone in my foot. I took it easy, eased back on running for about a week and the left foot got better after weeks of it hurting. Fast forward to two weeks ago I started having new, weird, excruciating pain in my right foot! I self-diagnosed myself (of course) with plantar fasciitis and got a boot at the store to wear at night. I tried that for about a week and it was so uncomfortable I ended up taking it off in the middle of the night.

Finally went back to the doctor and luckily for me I mis-diagnosed myself. It was not PF! YAY! Worst fear. I know from people who have it that it’s hard to get rid of. Doctor said I had either:

  • Metatarsalgia is pain in the ball of the foot. It sometimes spreads to the toes. The ball of the foot is the bottom of the foot, where the toes join the foot.
  • Neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes. It brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

She does not think it’s a ganglion cyst because she couldn’t feel any lumps in the area. So that’s good because that would require surgery to fix. She thinks it’s the first condition, basically another bruised bone. I have no idea what I am doing to bruise my feet but clearly I need to get some new shoes and she also suggested that I get a shoe insert for arch support.

Of course pretty soon after my doc appointment my foot started to get better. Then I had back pain! I’m wondering if I was walking weird due to the foot issues and then that threw off my back. I definitely had a pulled muscle or something. It was so painful for most of the week. I got a massage last Thursday and she could feel the inflammation in my lower back. I’ve been taking it easy, skipping the weights and icing my low back. Getting a head cold the same week kind of took care of the “Rest” part.

So Friday came and I felt okay enough to go for a swim. No foot pain, no issues. I think taking a few days off from impact activities gave it a good rest and my foot was finally happy!

Saturday, my feet were fine, but I wanted to skip weight lifting to give my low back some rest so Michael and I decided to go for a hike. It was supposed to be a decent weekend weather wise and I wanted to get outside anyways. The skies looked gloomy but it was warm and there were breaks of sun. Plus it stayed dry all day.

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We tried to do a new hike in Forest Park but couldn’t find the trailhead. Since we were so close to Saltzman Road, the old standby, we decided to just do that one again. There was an off-shoot that I wanted to try mid-way up Saltzman Road trail. We’ve hiked passed it a bunch of times but never took it.

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We hiked up Saltzman and then took the side road. It’s near the fork by the Quarry Trailhead. It’s unmarked, unfortunately, so not sure what trail it is. We started hiking on it and it almost immediately went downhill. We did maybe 1/2 a mile and then asked some trail runners coming towards us how far the trail went. They said about 5 miles and it went to Thurman Road, and that it was mostly downhill. I decided we should turn around and just do Saltzman since it’s uphill and a decent workout. We turned around and did that instead.

The spring flowers were out in bloom! There were so many beautiful Trillium flowers and wild flowers blooming around and the flowering trees had tiny green buds on them.

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We did another mile and a half or so up Saltzman and then turned around and went back to the fork in the trail where there was a picnic bench. We’d brought Subway sandwiches for lunch so we stopped to eat for a few minutes and then continued down the trail where we found upper Maple Trail. We tried to do that the first time we did this hike and it was closed due to a wash out. I said we should do a little bit of it before heading back.

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My body was holding up pretty well. My feet were okay (no pain like before) and my back was okay. Walking actually doesn’t bother it, just sitting too long and bending over apparently. But after hiking for nearly 2 hours my feet were starting to get sore. I think the one drawback to Saltzman Road is that it’s gravel and pavement covered with dirt so it can tire your feet out faster than hiking on a soft dirt trail. We turned back, got to Saltzman Road and went back down the trail to the parking lot.

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Bella was lovin’ the great outdoors! Sniffing everything and exploring every fern and bush in sight. 🙂 We ended up doing 5.90 miles in just over 2 hours. I burned 552 calories and Michael burned around 1000. It was a nice day in the woods!

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Back home I put some chicken in the crockpot to make shredded chicken tacos. I put some seasoning on the chicken with 1 cup chicken broth and 3/4 cup chili lime hot sauce and cooked it on high for about 4 hours. Then shredded the chicken and put it back in the crockpot for a half hour to soak up the sauces.

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The chicken turned out great and Michael raved about it! It wasn’t very spicy but it was tasty. I made us big salads with spinach, green leaf lettuce and butter lettuce. We split half an avocado, I added black olives and tomatoes and chopped red cabbage. Then I sauteed peppers and onions and put that on top with the shredded chicken.

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Dinner was so delicious! I will make this again, but I will probably add some more spice to it. Maybe some red pepper flakes, or a little cayenne. I had leftover chicken too, enough for each of us to have some chicken tacos later in the week.

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I think the sauteed peppers and onions made it really something special, too. Yum yum!