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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances Paperback – Sep 30 2014
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"A short, laugh-out-loud graphic book about the promises and perils of exercise.The hilarious and the profound are often only inches apart, and Inman (Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants, 2013, etc.) consistently nails the space between them. Sure to delight Inman's fans and probably win him some new ones.”
"This graphic novel of sorts is for those of us who run so that we can have a guilt-free donut or five; those of us battling our inner fat kids. Writer and illustrator Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal (from his blog), chronicles his arc from a chubby sometimes jogger to a ultramarathoner who runs until his toenails fall off. You can’t help but conclude: If The Oatmeal and his inner Blerch (the ultimate self-underminer) can do it, you can, too." (New York Post)
"Finally! A voice that sings with the blerches of angels!" (Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run")
"He runs so hard his toenails fall off. He asks himself, why? Why do I do this? Here, gorgeously, bravely, hilariously, is Matt's deeply honest answer." (Robert Krulwich, NPR)
"All runners wonder, at some point or another, why we do what we do. Mr. Inman's explanation is the best I've ever seen. And the funniest. Because he is clinically insane." (Mark Remy, Editor at Large, Runner's World and author of "The Runner's Rule Book")
"You will have seen many of these cartoons on his website, The Oatmeal, but there is so much more in this book, and the price is well worth the extra content. Not only that, there is no excuse to not have this if you are a runner. I cannot express how many times I put this down and cried laughing." (Joe Hempel, Top of the Heap Reviews)
About the Author
TheOatmeal.com is an entertainment Web site full of comics, quizzes, and stories. The site gets more than 7 million unique visitors and 30 million page views a month; 250,000 blogs and Web sites have linked to it. TheOatmeal.com is written, drawn, and coded by Matthew Inman, a king of all trades when it comes to the Web. Matthew lives in Seattle, Washington. He subsists on a steady diet of crickets and whiskey. He enjoys long walks on the beach, gravity, and breathing heavily through his mouth. His dislikes include scurvy, typhoons, and tapeworm medication.
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Fact 2: The only time I run is when I’m trying to catch a bus or when something in my hand or on my head (a piece of paper or a hat, perhaps) is picked up by the wind and is carried away on a breeze. I will also run to prove a point: I look ridiculous running. But I do not run for exercise.
I enjoyed 5 Very Good Reasons… because it was a varied comic experience. But The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances is a very targeted, focused book. It’s 147 pages of why Inman runs: marathons, solo runs, half-marthons, etc. He talks about his childhood as a fat kid and how he’s scared he’ll go back to that. He talks about his struggles with overeating. He shares some tips for running and talks about the illusive runner’s high.
People who run for fun and/or exercise, I feel, would appreciate this book more than I did. I did enjoy the semi-unrelated part about Japanese Giant Hornets (terrifying) and the bit about not wanting to be a human baked potato. I also liked the comic showing what people at the gym are thinking and how envious they are of everyone else there.
It was not my favorite Oatmeal book by far, as it was far more introspective and serious than most of his work. But for the right person (a fan of running or someone trying to reach fitness goals), it would be an awesome read.
It's still really funny and motivating in a weird way but yeah, I was hoping for new content.
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Matt inspired me to go and run with his funny and quirky comic.Published 11 months ago by Mike Lloyd-Hayes
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