|Live pic from my TV...The tornado over 5miles away from this shot!|
The hubby got home from work early and we were still kind of counting it as an "off day". The kids were outside playing. After all, it was HOT outside. But it was still weird too. The sky had a weird vibe and I knew it was coming. The hubby fell asleep and I was still watching the weather. It was heading towards Tuscaloosa now. Heading there quick. I saw it on the radar but when I saw it on the live cam, OMG. It was huge! The pic from the tv was still even 5 miles away and it was soooo big. I had friends in Tuscaloosa. Family in Tuscaloosa. I was screaming at the hubby to get up. "You have got to see this!!". GET UP!! I watched it all happen and prayed and prayed and prayed that it not hit the University of Alabama with all of those college kids. Oh the families. Oh the Moms and Dads who had kids there. Oh no. This is BAD. This is BAD. OH CRAP. I only live 30 minutes from there. It's headed here next. NOOOOOO!!!!
My phone rang, it's one of my bff's in the driveway. They wanted in my basement. They didn't have one and we did so they drove over. It's flooding outside now. This is insane. We still had power and I had been charging every electronic device in my house. I downloaded the 33/40 weather app and was going to try to keep up that way if we lost power. I'm sooo worried now because we never lost tv and I just watched 1000's die in Tuscaloosa. I can't handle this. Still to this day I'm not sure if it would have been better to lose the power and see it all in the newspaper the next day and not watch it live. But then I think, had I not seen it all go down live, I probably wouldn't have taken it so seriously.
The storm is turning and not going to hit my hometown. Thank the Lord. We ended up losing the power for a little bit but had it back on after a few hours. Then the stories started coming in...ugh. I couldn't stop watching the video footage from students posting youtube videos. The damage was incredible. People were finding things in their yards from Tuscaloosa from hundreds of miles away. WORST storm EVER.
Fast forward almost two years....Tuscaloosa is finally being rebuilt little by little. Everyday I see new things being added. The Krispy Kreme (which was legendary on McFarland) was one of the first things to be rebuilt. Whole apartment complexes that were demolished are being built again, repairs being made everywhere. Miles and miles of destroyed homes have been cleared away and concrete slabs remain ready to be built on again. The list goes on and on.
|Alberta Baptist Church being rebuilt.|
|Devastation cleared. Flat land everywhere!|
Benefiting organizations for the Inaugural Tuscaloosa Half Marathon and Fun Run are ReadBAMARead (readbamaread.org) and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Tuscaloosa (playgroundsforttown.com). 100% of event proceeds will go toward rebuilding efforts for the playgrounds and school libraries that were affected throughout the county on April 27, 2011."
Run for a purpose. Run toward recovery.
|Headed to the Finish Line, running along side of the River.|
|Expo/Packet Pick UP|
|LOVE the event tshirt!|
|Finish Line Party|
|Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and Post Race Party!|
|Ran into #TeamRunDisney friend Joe B. Raymnond! Fun!|
|Door Prize Winners!|
| Closeup of my Beautiful Sara Blaine Necklace!|
|Sporting my Bling at Bryant Denny Stadium, Home of the Alabama Football National Champions.... One of my favorite places in all of the world!|
My Top 5 favorite things about Tuscaloosa Half Marathon:
1. Running Towards Recovery....Love the cause.
2. Running in one of my favorite cities. Roll Tide!
3. Post Race Party Rocked!
4. The course was challenging...and I love a good challenge!
5. Loved the event shirt...super soft and grey. Sooo tired of white race shirts!