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Travis Barker: 'Running saved my life'

His commitment to the exercise helped him heal from the severe injuries he sustained in a devastating 2008 plane crash.

Rocker Travis Barker has credited running with helping him become a better man and father.

The Blink-182 drummer reveals he hadn't even thought of taking up the exercise until his eldest child Landon was conceived, but now the activity has become a huge part of his life.

"I first laced up for a serious run the day I found out my ex-wife (Shanna Moakler) was pregnant with our son, Landon (now 13)," the 41-year-old tells the July (17) issue of Runner's World magazine. "I came home from the doctor's office and ran to the freeway, which was four miles away.

"I'd never really run for fun before, but I did it every day until he was born. I was going to be responsible for someone and be a role model. That was the beginning of being in shape."

Running brought out the best in Travis once again in 2008, when he was severely injured in a plane crash that claimed the life of his friend DJ AM.

"Sixty-five per cent of my body was burned and my right foot was almost amputated," he recalls. "Doctors told me, 'You will probably never run again. You may not play drums again.' The minute they said that, those became challenges for me. Once I taught myself to walk again in the hospital, the first thing I wanted to do was play drums and run."

Travis has kept true to his commitment - he now runs almost everyday.

"I'll try to run for my cardio everyday," he shares. "I don't really listen to music or anything. It's just my time to kind of vibe out and enjoy silence."

The former drug abuser also credits the exercise with helping him maintain his sobriety.

"I've been sober since the accident, but I've replaced all my bad addictions with good ones," he smiles. "Now I get high off running."

"I just love running," Travis adds. "It makes me feel like I can conquer anything that comes at me. I'm never tapped out. I'm never tired around my two kids. I owe a lot of that to running."

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