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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (30 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449459951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449459956
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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"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)

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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 Inman is a Web designer and developer from Seattle, Washington. He launched the Oatmeal.com in 2009.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike N on 7 Oct. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I've enjoyed the Oatmeal comics for several years now, which of course means I'd already read a fair portion of this book.

That didn't matter though - it's still hilarious!

It's a book about why we should run (or indeed exercise) - that is, not to look good, but to feel good. It's also a book about Japanese hornets, godzilla, binge eating and the kraken.

If you've enjoyed the Oatmeal before, you'll love this. If you enjoy humour, you'll love this. If you run, you'll love this. If you don't run, you'll love this.

One disclaimer: I got this as a present, so the price wasn't a problem for me as it seems to be for other reviewers.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
Bah. Running. Exercise. Ugh.

The last (and only!) book I read about long distance running was Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running and it was ok – Murakami’s writing always has this strangely Zen/peaceful quality to it. But it basically repeated the same thing over and over: he likes running because it makes him feel good about writing, about his life, about everything.

Matthew Inman’s written a similar book, albeit in comic form, in The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, which also informs you that he likes to run because it makes him feel better about his life, about his work, about everything. But it’s also about other things like Inman’s hatred of gyms and gym culture, his dislike of healthy food-only diets, and an anecdote about giant Japanese hornets (which are literally the size of sparrows!).

Thanks to a combination of natural storytelling ability and appealingly over-the-top imagery (his apathy is characterised as a morbidly obese fairy called The Blerch who urges him towards cake and Netflix), Inman is able to take this rather mundane-seeming material and turn it into a compelling and fun book.

Besides the autobiographical stuff, there’s actually a lot of good advice for anyone looking to start running themselves. Like how not to pressure yourself early on to change all aspects of your life if you decide to start running, or to set unrealistic targets (waking up at 5am every day? Nope!).

There’s a refreshing honesty to his approach – he’s not setting out to tell you how to lose weight, and he’s not telling you that running will solve all of your problems; he’s just telling you what works for him.
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This is an absolutely wonderful book. I have read pretty much all of them and this is so different it is well worth buying.

With a picture and a few words he can express the feelings of a long distance runner better than others will do in 1000s of labored text.

It won't take you long to read it, but you will read it again and again. It's perfect to have lying around the house for when friends come round and they might ask you why you bother running and you can just throw this at them.

I am going to leave it on my desk in my office, so that when I am debating whether to go out for a run or sit in a chair and count my "likes" for some stupid facebook post I'll open this and hope that it kicks me out the door.
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I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK.

knowing what sort of comics the oatmeal draws, i expected this to be a hilarious book of comics and such. which it is, but it is also so much more than that!

it also surprised me and became such an inspiring book, that i have vowed to start making changes to my life.

if you want a reason to change your life, a good few chuckles or both, buy this book RIGHT NOW!
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I absolutely love this book. I feel I can open it on any page and laugh, when seeking inspiration to push me out the door for a run. Great illustrations and a wonderful sense of humour. I don't even run short distances at this stage, but it was so inspiring to encourage me to lace-up in the first place. Don't be put off by the last 2 words of the title.
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I have long been a fan of the Oatmeal, but only after reading this book did I realise that my reasons for running are completely normal.

If you are a fan of running, or of the oatmeal, or of comedy you must buy this book. It may be a bit more expensive than other books, but it is completely worth it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Urthwild on 1 Oct. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have long been a fan of The Oatmeal so I am particularly biased when it comes to anything Matthew Inman does. I admit that I do not visit the site on a daily basis, to me it is more of a dip in and out site.

If you cannot tell what the book is about after reading the title, then, blerch, because it does what it says on the tin. A humorous look at the reasons why Inman wills himself to run and all the reasons he uses to talk himself out of running. Hounded by the Blerch a fat cherubic demon who constantly offers him cake, and cheesy (US) chips, anything to get him to stop and become the baked potato he so fears, Inman takes us through the agony of the chase.

It will be ‘hilarious’ if the Oatmeal is your home page, or simply ‘just too funny’ if you visit the Oatmeal several times per week. If you don’t visit that often then it runs from becoming less amusing to oh my god, are they really selling this for £7.31.

I have to take issue with the UK price £7.31 (such a strange price point), is far far far too steep for 148 pages.

Strictly for fans of The Oatmeal, which is just about everyone who has ever been on the internet, right?

Received from the publisher for an honest review.

Urthwild
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