Let’s say I’m going to Vegas for a conference. And I’ll be in Vegas for only 24 hours. It’s completely normal to tack on a 5K, right? Y’all know if I’m traveling to a state anyway and I haven’t done a 5K there yet, of course I’m going to find a way to squeeze it in!
I had to get creative with this one because…challenges:
- I had 24 hours. Landed 10:00pm Friday night and return flight was 11:30pm Saturday night.
- Conference 8am-9pm Saturday. Basically all day.
- 108 degrees when I arrived, and I do not run in that kind of heat!
Lucky for me, I found Virtual Run Events online. They host virtual runs, meaning you register like you would for a traditional 5K, they mail your bib and medal to you, and you run (or walk) the 5K where and when you want and self-report your results. Perfect!
I did The Upside Down 5K (who doesn’t love Stranger Things?) because 15% of the registration fees were donated to Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), an organization that rescues children from trafficking.
So it went down like this: at hotel and in bed by 11:30pm Friday; in the gym at 6:15am Saturday to run the 5K (treadmill); 7:00am back to room to shower & get ready for conference; 8:30am-9:00pm conference, lunch to talk biz, conference, dinner to talk biz, conference pool party; and around 9:00pm it was time to scoot back to the airport!
Blooper of the day: A 5K is 3.1 miles. I didn’t realize until I looked at my photos the next day that in my delirious state of exhaustion, I stopped my run at 3.01 miles thinking I had finished! Not to worry, I walked that remaining .09 miles while at the conference. Heck, I finished it just walking back to my room!
The conference was at the Paris Las Vegas, which is gorgeous. It’s been roughly 20 years since I’ve been to Vegas, and wow, it has really grown! At any point in its existence, I’m sure most people have thought there wasn’t much more that could be done to make Vegas more Vegas. Welp, Vegas has outdone itself!
I mostly saw ballrooms and makeup (it was a makeup conference) while I was there, but the little glimpses outside of the classroom were spectacular! I hope it’s not another 20 years until we meet again, Vegas!
Because I was only in town for 24 hours, it was tough to find a race that would fit the very small window of time I would be available to run–I would be at the conference from 8am-9pm.