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Get Motivated: Marathoning With Prosthetic Leg

In the evening when the couch gets too comfy, a little outside inspiration can be helpful. The story of Abdi Dhuhulow is just that. After reading his story on BBC News, I laced up my sneakers and went for a run. When fleeing fighting in his native Somalia as a young boy, a bullet struck his ankle. He fell from the truck, which then ran over his foot — crushing every bone. When he emigrated to the UK he underwent four surgeries in attempt to repair his wounds, which also included a fracture to his femur. In the end, his leg was amputated. After struggling to walk for 14 years, moving about with a prosthetic leg brought new found freedom and running. Of the experience of losing his leg, Abdi says, "Before this I could not even walk without crutches, but by losing my leg I felt I got my freedom back. Now with one leg I can run marathons."

To see his impressive race times, read more.

Although running at first was difficult, because the surrounding legs muscles were so weak. Determined to not be defined by his disability, eight months post-op he was able to run a mile in under seven minutes — with a prosthetic leg designed for walking, not running. When he upgraded to a better prosthetic leg designed for running, his race times increased: 19 minutes for a 5km, 40 minutes for a 10k, 1:30 for a half marathon, and a little over three hours for a marathon.

Reading the determination of others inspires me. Abdi's times are fast. I think he is amazing, and he motivates me to hit the pavement. What about you — are you inspired to run?

Source: Getty
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