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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (30 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144946727X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449459956
  • ASIN: 1449459951
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.”

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"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 website full of comics, quizzes, and stories. The site gets more than 7 million unique visitors and 30 million page views a month, and 250,000 blogs and websites 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, with his dogs, Rambo and Beatrix.



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