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How things have changed since the Joplin Tornado

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I live in tornado alley and always have. Right now I live only a few miles from Joplin, which was hit by a bad tornado in 2011. The evening it hit I knew severe weather was coming, but I was training for a marathon and had 9 miles to run. My thought that night was "maybe I should take it inside to the treadmill...I don't want to get stuck in a hail storm." So many times here they call for the possibility of tornadoes, but nothing happens so you just have to go on with life. So that was my biggest consideration that night.

I went to the gym and while I was obliviously running, a pretty big section of Joplin was wiped out. A pretty big section of city only miles from me...wiped out. I didn't know until I left the gym and checked my phone.

Yesterday the air turned warm and humid here. Hello, tornado season! I know up north everyone still has snow. But for us, it's tornado season now.

I personally am a lot more cautious since Joplin. And it affects my runs more. I will run through snow and freezing temperatures. But today they're calling for tornadoes. The risk is slight but I'm already thinking...what if? You shut off part of you when you run. You can see and hear obviously, but I don't check my phone for updates. I will be potentially miles from my house at a given time.

Tornado season...more difficult to run through than winter! I say this while contemplating my lunch run and the risk today. And mostly, because I forgot to pack a gym bag.

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    I hope you stay safe!
    1293 days ago
    I have family that lives in Kansas. Those tornadoes are certainly something to fear. I'd be putting a treadmill in my basement for the season.

    At the same time, it's rough to live in fear all the time. Maybe you just need to make it so you can hear those alerts that come on your phone and watch the weather forecast before heading out on a long run. Maybe become friendly with the people who live along the path you run, so if you have to run for shelter, you can.

    Keep safe.

    Be good to yourself!

    1293 days ago
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