Didn't get this one filmed, so hopefully you don't mind reading one more short story.
I often tell a couple particular stories from my own high school career to illustrate the huge importance of staying relaxed.
1600 PR: The week before league my junior year, everything had built to that being the meet I thought I could break the school record in the 3200. So, I told everyone I would just take it easy in the 1600 and run to win. I didn't care what my time was. So, I sat behind the lead runner and out kicked him the last 100 meters. Well, it turns out that lead runner was freshman Tim Bishop from Smoky Valley who as a senior would go on to run 1:53.96 in the 800. I ran a 4:33 that day and never ran faster in my high school career. Why? Because I had 100% shifted my mind to the idea that effort didn't matter. I just ran and let the race play out.
State CC: After winning the 3200 at state my junior year expectations were high for my senior year of cross country. I would get back from a race and my friends would joke that they didn't even need to ask how I did because of course I had won. I enjoyed having that level of success, but, looking back, it put a lot of pressure on me that was negatively affecting my races. My times weren't where I wanted them. Guys I had beat easily in the past were right on my heels. I felt like I just couldn't breathe right during races. At the regional meet I got destroyed by 45 seconds by Jerry Rainey of Caney Valley. Turns out that was the best thing that could have happened. I wasn't the favorite to win anymore. He was. I could just run. At the starting line at state, instead of my usual predator's focus, I took a deep breath and looked around smiling, just enjoying the event. I beat Jerry by about 20 seconds to win. It was basically a minute turnaround in one week and I really believe it was mostly mental.