4 In Life

truckee & a tornado

When we bought our house we really didn’t know how many rights of passage we would have to go thru to officially be “first time homeowners.” Not even a month after we had moved in, the epic winter storm of ALL winter storms hit Arkansas on the evening of Christmas day, heck, it was actually a BLIZZARD (for real, the FIRST blizzard warning in Arkansas in like a million years, I kid you not, I have a picture of the radar to prove it!) Merry Christmas to us, as we hunkered down in front of our fire place, power out and all, and watched as 13″ of snow fell around us with a thick layer of ice underneath. It was a winter wonderland the next morning! Probably the most beautiful snow I’ve ever seen, but the tree damage was CRAZY! We thought after we dealt with that that our new home was officially worn in. No, no. About two months later, our sink sprung a leak and like a fountain it beautifully filled the cabinet area below. So, we called the plumber man and got that fixed. Then this spring, much to both of our demise, Arkansas just so happened to experience “the worst pollen season” in…basically history. Aw-some. Our walkway out front remained green for a solid two months, while our eyes remained red. Now that it’s summer, the pollen is mostly gone and last weekend we spent two days picking up sticks, branches, pulling weeds, etc. to clean up our yard for summertime. And then mother nature had another idea for us! 🙂

Last night we experienced our first tornado warning! There have been watches…and severe storms…and what not, but no tornado warnings where the sirens went off and every local weather man I follow on Twitter urged Maumelle residents to take cover. I was so mad because after our date night out, I was going to go to the gym and get my #rwrunstreak mile in, and I just assumed the storm would die down. Not so much. When we got home from  dinner the storm had started, but the winds were just starting to arrive. I thought for sure a tree branch was going to come crashing into the back of the house! I seriously couldn’t believe the wind! The constant lightning lit up the sky every half second and all you could see were the trees in our backyard swaying leeeeefffttt and riiiggghhhttt and the sound of the wind was crazy! I haven’t HEARD wind like that in a very long time! I don’t know what a tornado sounds like, and I pray that I never find out, but it sure sounded like something was about to come whirling through the woods! It starting getting really bad, the power went out for about 5 minutes, and we were getting nervous about being around windows so we grabbed the pups and headed to our interior most hallway and camped out. Then right as we sat down the tornado sirens outside went off, Adam’s phone alarm went blaring with a weather warning, and my weather app lit up with a tornado warning and 4 other related warnings. Needless to say I was freaking out! Adam pretty much took a nap, and Truckee just chewed on her bone and tried to convince me to take her outside to go potty. The sirens went off for about 15 minutes, and the warning was about 45 minutes before the storm actually died down.

We knew that we REALLY weren’t in iminent danger, otherwise we would have grabbed more pillows, thrown our down comforter over us, and covered our heads, but it’s always good to be cautious and practice your “safe place.” After the tornados in Moore, OK I think everyone is a little more on edge when the word ‘tornado’ gets mentioned, and I think everyone is starting to think more seriously about what their own game plans would be and where the safest place in their home would be. We’ve even thought a lot about what we would do with Truckee. All of the lost animal footage broke my heart into a thousand pieces and I couldn’t imagine losing Truckee during a storm! I really think she’d be safest in her kennel during something like that, if we really thought something was going to hit. She might even be safer than we are! All in all, it was nothing compared to what it could have been and we feel silly for even being so worried. We are blessed to live in an area where if a tornado really were to hit close by it would have to work really hard around all of the surrounding hills. God is good, and I know he will always protect us.

Since I didn’t get to squeeze my #rwrunsteak mile in, and I feel a little bit like a weeny head for failing on day 4 of the challenge, I decided I would wake up at 5:30 this morning and go run, then run again tonight.


I hit that snooze button harder than anything I’ve ever hit in my life. I’m not an up-before-the-sun runner. That’s for sure!

So, I will hopefully do a light mile tonight. I have a 5K in the morning that I’m really hoping to PR at it so I don’t want to tire my legs out anymore than I have to. As soon as possibe I want to resume the challenge, and kick its butt! Running during a tornado probably isn’t advisable. I hate, hate, hate excuses, but safety always comes first wtih regards to running!

My current 5K PR is 25:50, officially, so I’m hoping to get under that. According to my most recent runs that should be easily attainable, (aiming for as close to an 8:00 avg as possible) assuming the course isn’t full of hills. And if it is, I will have a bone to pick with someone!

I’m already eyeing my next 5K, which you can read about  here. It’s called the River City Run/Walk 5K and it benefits River City Ministry which works closely with the homeless population here in Little Rock. My church is heavily involved in this ministry, so I’m excited to get involved as well! Plus, it’s a flat course through Burns Park, AND it’s only $25 if you sign up now!

Happy Friday everyone. Praise God for no more storms, and for healthy legs to run tomorrow!

Have any races coming up this month? How’s the streaking coming along?!


  • Reply
    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    May 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Oh my gosh! Pittsburgh doesn’t really get many bad weather warnings (heavy rain sometimes, but that’s about it) and I totally would have freaked out, too! Especially considering Oklahoma.

    I’m glad that nothing too bad happened 🙂

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    May 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Ah tornadoes are so scary! and i say that as someone on the east coast who doesnt really have to deal with them, but still, from the time i saw the wizard of oz as a kid, i have been freaked out by tornadoes. good luck in the race tomorrow!!

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    Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    May 31, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Glad you are okay, going through the tornado warnings must be so scary!

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      Sweet Miles
      June 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Me too! We really can’t complain too much, just a little scare 🙂 Bad storms just make the nice days THAT much better!!

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