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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,

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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?

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