Hiking, Issaquah Alps, Pregnancy, Running

Little adventures

I know a lot of people love to hate the Issaquah Alps, but I have really grown fond of them over the last couple of years. I wonder if some of the negativity stems from the fact that a lot of people only visit these wooded gems on crappy days in the middle of winter and never get to experience how lovely they can be in the summer and fall.

I think I could be perfectly happy and content if for some reason I was only allowed to hike and run on Cougar and Tiger the rest of my life (this attitude will probably serve me well over the next couple of years when bigger adventures will be harder to execute). I’ve experienced some amazing moments of peace and flow and wild endorphin rushes on those little mountains, and I’ve barely even scratched the surface of the trails that are available.

Trillium Endorphwin Cougar Mountain convert Turning purple

I finally managed to convert JK into a Cougar Mountain fanboy a couple of weeks ago on an evening hike/run in the AA Peak area. It was his first time seeing the trails all greened-up for late spring, and that huge grin stayed glued to his face the entire night.

Unfortunately, I think this trip was my last attempt at running this pregnancy. It just didn’t feel good as I was doing it (especially downhill, the whole pelvic area felt unstable). I switched to walking pretty early on, but I was still rewarded with a several days of extra grumpy round ligaments, to the point where it was keeping me up at night. I’ll stick with walking from now on.

Powerline Trail Run among the fuzzies Wellie plays hide and seek with the rabbits Treeglow

Speaking of walking, the pups and I have really upped our daily strolls lately – partly due to the sheer magnetic force of the gorgeous, green spring trails, but mostly due to the fact that I have completely weaned myself off Diclegis, and fresh air and exercise is doing a fairly good job of taking care of the remaining morning sickness.

Wellie and Basil are thrilled with this new development, as it often leads to several walks a day, and I am hoping the extra exercise will make up for the fact that I am eating like a person who is constantly hung over. At the very least, all that walking works wonders for my mental health.

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  • Reply Oarboar May 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    When I lived in Shoreline and worked in Bellevue one summer a number of years ago, Cougar Mountain was the perfect way to beat traffic. I’d go and hike for a bit, then go home once traffic died down.

  • Reply Lisa May 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Hmm why don’t people like Issaquah? I remember lots of nice hikes/views over there.

  • Reply Ingunn May 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Lisa, I think a lot of people who are used to alpine hikes find places like Tiger Mountain boring – lots of trees, no big views, etc. On the other hand, I’ve overheard newer hikers say that Tiger is the most beautiful place they have ever seen. :)

  • Reply Michelle May 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Bummer on the morning sickness, i know some women who have it their whole pregnancy…as reading a few days ago that perhaps it is genetic? Even if you top up on every nutrient you can, some women just get sick all the way through, and then some stop after the first tri…i hope yours stops soon but sounds like its not slowing you down too much! I found i had to stop hiking at 25weeks due to hip instability, ended up doing a lot of work in the pool or strength training, only resuming long walks late in the third tri….

  • Reply Ingunn May 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Michelle, apparently I’m at increased risk of symphysis pubic dysfunction (obese + Scandinavian + history of pelvic and back pain) and no one seems to know how to prevent it, so every day I’m able to move comfortable, I send my thanks out into the universe. :) There are so many unknowns in pregnancy! For now I’m being as active as I can *while* I can, and I just added prenatal yoga to the mix to see if that can help keep that whole area stabile (after years of neglecting any sort of strength or core training, ahem).

  • Reply Holly May 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I work in Sammamish and live in Seattle so now that it’s light out so late I am loving stopping in the Issaquah Alps for hikes on my way home! I tend to stick to the trails I know but there are so many others I should try.

  • Reply Karen May 12, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Love that golden light. Sorry running doesn’t bring you the same joy as it used to. You can get back at your little one for that later! ;)

  • Reply Mark Griffith May 13, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I have ALWAYS loved The Issaquah Alps, mostly because I live on them and I think in the words of Harvey Manning the value of a trail is proportional to how close you are to that trail. Spring is an amazing time with everything being green.

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