In a rental van.
With people that aren't family and/or close friends.
So many issues with this. Let's just start throwing them out there, shall we?
- The Stench Factor - This one is self-explanatory. 7 people in a van at all times and, at some point, we will have all run between 10 and 13 miles. Someone needs to buy a vat of Febreze from Cotsco. I feel sorry for the guy at the rental company that has to air it out. He'll probably have to burn it.
- The Boredom Factor - This is where not having friends/family there may be an advantage. No one has heard all of my jokes and uber-humorous observations. At some point, though, we're all going to run out of observations and jokes, right? When is it appropriate to just say, "Guys, I'm going to sit in the back of the van and check up on football scores."?
- The Annoyance Factor - On occasion, people annoy me. Hard to believe, huh? I love my family and friends, but I have a breaking point with them, too. We all do. Couple that with the fact, I don't know these people as well as said family/friends and it has all the makings of a low-rent reality show.
It should be interesting to see how things shake down. I'm sure it'll be fine. Maybe we'll all create an unending bond that will never be broken. Or, it turns out to be a scene from Lord of the Flies.
Oh, did I mention that this chick is running the relay now, too? I can't even begin to tell you how exciting this must be for her.