April 30, 2013

A week in Florence

I’m back from a week in Florence … South Carolina. It really is less exotic than it sounds.

It wasn’t a vacation, but it wasn’t because I wasn’t in a vacation spot. It was because I was working … OK, and it isn’t a vacation spot. It really isn’t.

Why the heck was I there? Good question. I keep asking myself that. My boyfriend is there doing contract work. So, I drove up to South Carolina with him (with a stop in St. Augustine, FL) to spend a week there before driving back home (with another stop in St. Augustine).

Somehow I started watching “Ghost Adventures,” and I kind of fell in love with the idea of hunting ghosts (not with tight T-shirts and cheesy spiked hair, thank goodness). So, we did a ghost tour each time we were in St. Augustine. Amazingly enough, a ghost was spotted.

Perhaps it's time to try some bronzer.
My official ghost hunting tool was reacting like crazy, trust me.

But, the coolest thing about St. Augustine.

Beachfront Avenue!

I could not stop singing “Ice, Ice Baby” for two weekends. I know my boyfriend appreciated it.

Speaking of music and the boyfriend, that is one of the really terrible things about road trips with him. We do not agree on any music. Well, except for Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Prince, Nirvana and the White Stripes. That’s it. No beautiful Bruno Mars, boy bands or ‘90s rap. Or if the beautiful music is involved, lots of complaining follows. Sigh.

In happier times (not in the car listening to music)

Thankfully, I’m not going to the Bruno Mars concert with him.

Speaking of Bruno, how adorable is this? 

I had no idea he was in “Honeymoon in Vegas” until last week. I am now certain he is my favorite singer, and we have so much in common. 

Theresa and I are just like Bruno.

Well, aside from the fact that he’s 5’5”, and I’m 5’10”. And many other things, really. But, we both wear Elvis suits and that counts for something.

Now that I’m back in town, and it’s confirmed that Bruno and I are best friends, it’s time to focus on a race this weekend.

Yes, a race. In May. In Florida.

I’m wondering why I decided to do this.

It’s a 10K-5K challenge. I’ve done anything like this, and I’m guessing it’s a good thing I decided to do it in May.

So, I run a 10K, and then I line up and run a 5K. It sounded like a good idea at the time. Now, I’m a little worried. Heat makes me nervous. So I definitely won’t be running it in an Elvis suit (those things are super hot; ask Bruno).

Have you visited Florence, South Carolina? St. Augustine, Florida? Have you worn an Elvis suit? Have you ever run a 10K-5K challenge? Do you like running in the heat?


  1. If I ever went on a road trip with you in would be 90's rap the ENTIRE way....

    1. Rock on! Well, "rap on" technically ...

  2. As soon as I read "Beachfront Avenue" I wondered to myself what song is that from?!?! Thanks for answering that question, otherwise I would be going crazy all day thinking about it. I've been to St. Augustine many times, but never done the ghost tours. Maybe next time we go, we'll finally check them out.

  3. I got super excited for you thinking you were going to Italy!! lol The 10k-5k challenge sounds like fun, in theory ;) I hate running in the heat too but I'm sure you'll manage! Good luck :)

  4. My husband was born in Tampa, though moved to Florence (his grandpa & mother were college Deans at Francis Marion University) when he was 4, and lived there until he was 15, and then came back to Tampa! What a small world! I've never heard anyone mention Florence before! LOL.

    1. Wow! Crazy! I'd never heard of it before my boyfriend got the job there.

  5. I used to say I'm going to "Venice"....Florida. Much less exotic than Italy. I have to say that I really hate running in the heat. Last year was my first summer spent in Florida, and I hated that I had to wait until like 9pm to run, and even then the heat and humidity slowed me down! Hopefully it wont be too bad for your race.

  6. Haha I love ICE ICE BABY! I was just in SC too, Myrtle Beach though!

  7. You totally faked me out with your blog title. I thought I was getting Italy and I got Bruno Mars....which is just fine:). Just think a 10K and 5K combined are still shorter than a half and you are way experienced in kicking half marathon butt so you will do awesome!

  8. Love the Elvis photo! Good luck this weekend! :-)

  9. Never been there but I have been to Florence Oregon...for my honeymoon! It's beautiful! Great post and Godspeed on your race this weekend!

    Shannon at I Survived and Now I Run


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