I first laced up for a serious run the day I found out my [now] ex-wife [former Miss USA Shanna Moakler] was pregnant with our son, Landon. I came home from the doctor’s office and ran to the freeway, which was about four miles away.
I had never run for fun before, but I did it every day until our son was born [in October, 2003]. I was going to be responsible for someone. That was the beginning of being in shape.
When I got in that plane crash [in 2008 the private plane Barker was travelling in crashed on the runway, killing four], 65 per cent of my body was burned and my right foot was almost amputated. The doctors said to me, ‘You will probably never run again. You may not play drums again.’
Those became challenges for me from the minute they said that. Once I taught myself to walk again in the hospital, the first things I wanted to do were play drums and run.
Six to eight months after the accident, I was running. It was like a warning shot – another chance to better my life.
I feel off if I don't run. It’s like a meal – I need it every day.
I don’t fly now, so I’m on a bus for 10-12 hours when we’re on tour. Sometimes when the driver stops to get gas, I’ll say, ‘Which direction are you driving? I’m going to start running, so pick me up.’
Even in the studio, if there’s any downtime, I can’t just sit there and do nothing. They say sitting is the new cancer and I kind of agree.
The coolest part about being on tour is running up the stairs at theaters and arenas. It’s so quiet after soundcheck. Six hours later the arena is going to be filled with 20,000-30,000 screaming kids. It’s the calm before the storm.
People trip out when I say that I run without music, but when I’m in the studio all day working and listening to music, sometimes I just want to zone out.
I’ve been sober since the accident but I’ve replaced all of my bad addictions with good ones. These days I get high off running.
I love running. It makes me feel like I can conquer anything that comes at me. I’m never tired around my two kids [he and Shanna had a second child, Alabama Luella, in 2005]. I owe a lot of that to running.’
Travis Barker is the drummer in the Grammy-nominated rock group blink-182. In 2016 they released their seventh studio album, California.