Another key learning point that I take away from this event is that there is power in human connections. The second loop, I ran together with an experienced ultra-marathoner. We never pushed it to the point of cramps an in helping and looking out for one another, we shifted the focus from our own efforts to the efforts of the other. This way, compassionate and competitiveness went hand in hand. We both achieved a better time by keeping an eye out for each other. This reminded me of a great TED talk by Christopher MacDougall, author of the book Born To Run.
After finishing the event, 13 hours and 8 minutes after crossing the starting line, I had the lovely experience of how our mind is so much stronger than our body. Allowing myself to finally relax, the body decided that it was time for some payback. Shivering and in a mild state of shock, I got myself back to my room. Thankful for all my friends present at the event, I was unable to be social anymore after this event.