It's a whole mix of a little bit of everything and a little bit of every kind of person all mashed up here in the desert with nothing else but man-made adult enjoyment type things all around. Alcohol, gambling, over the top shows, bright lights, food, and all of it costs tons and tons of money. No lie, I forgot a hairbrush and had to go to my hotel's convenience store to try and purchase a cheap little plastic comb or something and the only hairbrush they had in the store cost $72!!! INSANE.
Anyways, although I was there for work, as you probably know by now, I always try to squeeze in fun when I am traveling for work. Although I leave that stuff out... trust me, the week was a culmination of many, many months of work and the days were long and busy but totally fun to see the work pay off. So in addition to the work stuff, I was able to see a couple of shows (including fulfilling a lifelong dream and see a Cirque de Soleil show!), soak up a little Vitamin D at the pool, check out the Bellagio fountain show, and have some enjoyable meals with coworkers.
The pool was really nice and I wish I had been able to spend more time there, but unfortunately that's not what this trip was about. Plus, once more of my coworkers arrived, I avoided that thing because nobody needs to run into coworkers when bathing suits are involved, amiright?
Aside from the 5K, which took place in a park, I also did a morning run up and down the strip, which was pretty cool to do. I am starting to rack up quite the list of places around the world I have run and I kind of like it! It is helpful, but not entirely, in helping to make up for the extra amounts of food I consume while traveling. I still haven't recovered from the extra weight I put on while in Europe (which WAS worth it, but I want it gone now) and I have a lot more travel coming up so it just keeps packing on. I am struggling to keep up the running & exercise & resist food urges but it is tough.
We celebrated Cinco De Mayo while in Vegas. Which, who can say no to that?
Can you believe I did that?! To be honest, I really cannot. A warning to you all -- be careful what you agree to while drinking! However, I must say I am really proud of myself for facing this fear and doing the SkyJump. My coworkers were pretty proud of me too; it is fun to prove people wrong and do things that are not expected of you.
It's also fun to do things that are silly and cheesy and take you back in time -- which is exactly what I would say about one of my other Vegas activities, which was going to see the Britney Spears "Pieces of Me" show! My coworkers and I all went together on one of our evenings off and although it was not a miraculous vocal performance (lip sync...) the show was a great visual performance with amazing dancing (although not from Britney), spectacular sets, and of course the music of my middle and high school years -- Britney!
My time in Vegas wrapped up on Thursday, when I hobbled my way to the airport to jump over to the city of angels where two of my best friends in the world were waiting for me for a fun couple days. But in wrapping up Vegas, let me just say that when I wrote "hobbled" I meant hobbled. Somehow between the conference, airplane swelling, wearing of summer shoes for the first time, running, and being on my feet all day long at the trade show... my feet got torn apart with blisters and pain. I was in rough shape at the end of the week but fought through.
Another random quote I recently heard had to do with runners and their tolerance for pain. In a study that was done, it was determined that runners feel pain at the same time as others, they just don't do anything about it, whereas others stop whatever is causing the pain. I definitely saw that as true for myself this week as I kept fighting on with my heels and sandals whereas others were walking around in sneakers at the end of the week. Stubborn me.
So this is all I am going to cover in this post as I have got to get to bed. I will fill you in on the second part of my trip later, but want to get to bed so I can get up in the morning to get a run in before my work day. I am still not back in Albany and living out of my suitcase, however, this time from the completely opposite side of the country. I'm blogging from Cape Cod with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean tonight -- gotta love the beach!! Hope you guys have a great start to your week!