Josh Kennison – Long Jump video
June 16 I went to the track at 9 a.m. As I walked onto the track, it was a flashback from last year’s nationals. The surface is multi-colored orange and blue every other lane. I remembered it perfectly from last year. That competition was only my second race ever with the running legs I had. I knew they were not the best running legs I could be using, but I still went for it and qualified for the 2010 finals in the 200 meter and took 5th place overall.
This year is different. I have been blessed with new legs from Hanger Prosthetics, I work with a new new training regimen, and I have a different mentality toward competing… it’s all I need to become a great runner. I was complimented on how much more athletic I look this year, which is great to hear. My goal is to be the best of the best. I realize it won’t necessarily happen right off, but by London 2012, I want every aspect of my running game down to a science. I want to be able to tell exactly what’s wrong every time I run or put my legs on.
I am taking advantage of a down day to relax a bit and make sure I stay warm. I am mentally getting ready for my races tomorrow and eating right…
June 19 Life is good and my training efforts have been rewarded! I took 3rd place overall in the 200m with a time of 24.06! I took 1st place overall in the Long Jump with a leap of 5.57 meters. And I took 7th overall in the 100m with a time of 12.3 seconds. I did really well overall… no one expected a quad to medal in the 200m and take the gold in the long jump.
I met the coach who is coaching jumps at PanAmerican Games and he says I have a very good chance of making the U.S. PanAm Games! They look at times and jumps for the qualifiers from the weekend to choose the team that will go to Mexico. I just have tI am very happy and very tired! Off to bed.