- 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances Paperback – 30 Sep 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)
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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 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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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!
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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Funny and resonates with me as I am a runner. Great illustrations too.Published 2 months ago by Mrs Elizabeth A Berry
Funny as anything - I love Oatmeal comics! One down side.... I read it too fast!Published 4 months ago by Aimee
Inspiring and hilarious work from the creator of The Oatmeal comic strip detailing his personal journey with running. A must have for anyone starting out running.Published 4 months ago by P. Anderson
Fun to read, it did not motivate me for running, but it was really fun to "read" (it's series of comics). I loved the Nope-zilla and Japanese hornet parts.Published 5 months ago by Michal
Thoroughly enjoyable read! Would recommend to runners, about to be runners and non runners alike! Matt Inman's work is awesome as usualPublished 9 months ago by C. Rosser