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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances Paperback – September 30, 2014
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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)
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Inman knows that true nirvana doesn't lie in counting calories and mindless trotting on ellipticals. This is a story about outrunning your demons and leaving them in the dust behind you. It's a story about moving - when society tells us to be still. And it's a story about the terrors of giant hornets and gazing into the infinite abyss through a bottle of sugary purple liquid.
His methods may not be for everyone, but be prepared to have the sudden desire to get off your ass and go outside after reading this book.
An excellent gift for people who need a little inspiration and a good laugh to get them off their chairs.
It's weird how he can capture the humor and the emotion of running. It's funny, sarcastic, sweet, and poignant at times.
Ok, maybe next year.
What? New Year's resolutions, guys! The sooner, the better.
Inman’s mind-body connection inspires me. Running to him is a mental process. He doesn’t want to be one of those who eat only healthy food; he doesn’t want to be a legend. He runs because he has his own nirvana and his body is a tool to get there.
I caught myself laughing out loud at Inman’s metaphors and analogies countless times. He knows when to show some vulnerability and when to prove a point using his acid humor. Believe me, you'll want to read this book more than once.
The only con to this book is that it doesn't come with a poster, you get stickers as a consolation prize. Having purchased Inman's previous books I was expecting a meticulously crafted and funny poster. I was disappointed when one wasn't there :(
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is book is awesomely funny. I absolutely loved it. I relate to it so much as a runner.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
My wife and I love reading the latest Oatmeal books when the come out. This one had all of the angst that one can come to expect form the Oatmeal and laughs are bountiful to those... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Joshua
I bought this book to have The Oatmeal himself sign it when I did the Beat The Blerch half marathon he organized in Sacramento. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Linda Y.
I am a runner and this perfectly squares with my experience of ultra-marathon running. Do not fear the blerch. Yay!Published 1 month ago by Charlie
Funny, great pics, more insightful than I expected a comic to be. A keeper on my kindle, will review before I take up running again!Published 1 month ago by SC23
If you've ever read The Oatmeal - or even if you haven't - this is worthwhile. In addition to being funny and perceptive, everyone can find something to motivate them in here.Published 1 month ago by Jerry Osborne
Love it! Great present for runner in your life...It is hilarious!Published 2 months ago by Erica May
Almost the same content that you could find free in his web, but if you like his comics (and running as well), It's a nice book to have in your book stand.Published 2 months ago by Nicolas