Was a 1500m, last race I ever ran, senior year of college.
Lap 1: Get on the rail, conserve energy, stay relaxed. I tried not to look at the clock but I always do. Hit 300 at 45.x and heard 61 at the 400 mark.
Lap 2: Maintain contact, breath, breath, breath, light and quick on your feet. Don't let anybody get away from you. I hit 800 in 2:03/2:04
Lap 3: I'm in over my head, hit lap 3 hit lap 3 just stay on his heels, focus on the back of his neck and running smooth. I hit the homestretch and heard friends/family cheering. 500 meters seems so far but I have no choice, I'm here and need to get the job done. Pass one guy and get back on the rail.
Lap 4: I hit the backstretch and hear 3:06/3:07 behind two guys that are running side by side. I can tell the guy on the outside isn't going to make it past the guy on the inside. I made sure I stayed on the inside guy to not get cut off when the outside runner fades. He falls back and I think briefly about all the thousands of miles I had run to get here (for just a split second). I need all the strength I can for the homestretch, I'm in 3rd and the leader has 5m on me. I hit the homestretch and pass the guy in 2nd and use everything I have to try to catch the leader. Knees up knees up knees up pump the arms pump the arms focus. Didn't get him. Closed in 44 high to run 3:51.7.
I walked off the track and knew it was my last race and the fastest I was ever going to run. I didn't qualify for any post season meets but was ok with it. It was a four second PR in front of friends and family.