...'round and 'round you go. 50km in 22 identical laps in the park. 33 degrees and a start at mid day. This type of lap races has been on my radar for ages. The beauty being in the simplicity of having nothing else to do than to run. Round and round. No route to focus on, nothing to carry and not much to wear than what's needed for an unusually hot day (aka as little as possible). This time round the main question I got is probably 'why' one would do a race like this. 'Why' does it have to be a lap race? Or 'nutter-race', as I would like to call it. Well, my curiosity and interest was primarily in what happens to the mind, when you don't even have to focus much anymore on your running. It was so far my shortest Ultramarathon race & at least in theory the distance should not be the challenge. A good way to be able to focus on the mind. Days before the race I did not feel physically that strong. The day before the race I had serious doubts, why I had ever signed up for smth like this at all...(not very helpful for a race that I knew would be all 'mind over matter'). Two comments helped me a lot and really inspired me at that moment: 1. Remember why you signed up in the first place. What was your motivation at that moment & why did you so want to do it. 2. You don't need to proof anything to anyone. Also not to yourself (a lot more difficult I find!). No one else signed up for this one, so just the reason that you even want to do it is already impressive. Thank you to a dear running friend, that helped me putting things into perspective. Grateful from my heart. I tried to keep my mind as one-focused as possible whilst running. To not let it drift off too much, to not let it be busy with overanalysing that running in laps could be boring. Due to the heat I was also very conscious (busy with) of my hydration & also used the end of every lap to decide what to drink this time, if to use the sponges to cool down or grab a snack. Apart from that I ran entirely focused on heart rate instead of pace, to push myself within a zone that is challenging, yet still enables me to drink/eat and one that I can hold for many hours. And whenever I was not running with someone or had brief chats whilst some of the runners overtook me, I focused solely on my breath and to keep it relaxed and in the rhythm of my steps... Incredibly grateful for the experience. Very thankful for the support of amazing friends who knew exactly how to help & support towards the end when it got very hot and I had to dig pretty deep. Super enjoyable experience of mind over body. Let mind be king .