It’s been a long-ass time since I had to work a conference. Okay, not crazy long since I’ve attended one, but REALLY long since I actually worked one, as a booth bitch.
I realized, quickly, that I don’t miss it.
I can hike up and down a freaking mountain for 8 hours and not complain.
SHUT UP! I don’t complain THAT MUCH, do I?
But ask me to just stand for 8 hours, and HOLY SHIT. No, really. HOLY SHIT. That is back-breaking labour for me.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much my body ached from just standing, for hours on end, at the trade show 4 days in a row.
I think I’d rather pick up garbage at the side of the highway, in the 100 degree Vegas heat. Or run a marathon. And we all know how much I love running, right?
SO glad that is over. Also that my killer hangover from Thursday is gone. I am never drinking again. Ever.
Sun Jul 27:
No air conditioning until late afternoon. This meant another lazy, low-energy day for me. I managed to get a decent amount of walking in, totaling 4.06 miles.
Swimming: 20 minutes – slow laps
FitBit Stats: 10,172 steps
Mon Jul 28:
Day one of my 4-day work convention. My activity was limited to loads of walking (just under 5 miles), in heels, to boot.
Walk: 4.64 / 7.5 kms
FitBit Stats: 11,621 steps
Tues Jul 29:
This was the long-ass day of the conference: 9 hours of booth duty. My back was ACHING! So much so that I actually got on all fours at one point and started doing cat pose, which got plenty o’ looks of judgment from my coworkers. Bite me. I had to release my lower back. When I got home I hit the treadmill for a short run in an effort to alleviate that low back pain.
Run: 5 min warm-up walk; 25 minute slow jog (4.3 mph); 4 min cool down walk
FitBit Stats: 12,274 steps
Wed Jul 30:
Poor pre-planning saw my FitBit battery die in the early evening. This was only a 7 hour day of booth duty, but then involved an evening customer appreciation event, followed by an after party at Light (a nightclub at Mandalay Bay) where I danced to unbelievably annoying EDM (electronic dance music). I blame my total and utter drunken stupor for this complete lapse in musical judgment.
Dancing: 2 hours
FitBit Stats: 8,931 steps recorded before 6:30 pm. Lots of walking and dancing from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. I estimate I actually did 13 – 14k steps before midnight.
Thurs Aug 1:
Worst hangover I’ve had in several years. Total amateur hour. Why didn’t I alternate a glass of water with each alcoholic beverage??? GAH! I was HURTIN’ today. Blah. Awful, awful, grossness. Still, I managed to get in some decent movement, between walking the convention center floor and more dancing at the closing concert (Neon Trees) for a total equivalent distance of 6.1 miles.
FitBit Stats: 15,065 steps
Fri Aug 2:
Yay!: A day to recover from the 4-day event while all my colleagues flew home. I took the opportunity to sleep in, laze around, and then go to the gym for a quick run.
Run: 5 min warm up, 30 min run, 5 min cool down
FitBit Stats: 10,372 steps
Sat Aug 3:
All caught up on my lack of sleep, today I went back to yoga! And a bit of lifting!
Yoga: Namaste Yoga 214: Bow to Your Inner Light. This was the next class in the Hanuman series and focused primarily on sun salutations. I loved the variations that Melissa West ran us through during this practice. My back still hadn’t fully recovered from 4 long days of standing at a trade show booth, so the cat, downward dog and others were a welcome release for my back. Poses included: Reclined Side Bend/Supta Ardha Chandrasana, Reclined Twist Series/Jathara Parivartanasana, Cat/Marjaryasana, Downward-Facing Dog Pose/Adho Mukha Śvānāsana, Sun Salutations/Surya Namaskar, Ardha Matsyendrasana/Half lord of the fishes pose, Mudra of Inner Self.
Running: 5 min warm up walk; 10 minutes of alternating 1 min sprint; 1 min walk; 10 minutes of slow jog (4.2 mph); 5 min cool down walk.
Lifting: Lat Pull Downs – 70 lbs; 5 reps x 5 sets; Seated Rows – 70 lbs; 5 reps x 5 sets
FitBit Stats: 14,336 steps
That’s all she wrote, friends.
As I sign off, I leave you with a sample of Neon Trees, who put on a great show for the 5,000 attendees of the convention I was working.
I may or may not have told coworkers that I would do the female drummer of the band. Shut up. I was drunk.