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Angry Jogger Paperback – November 28, 2014
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About the Author
Angry Jogger is the pseudonym of Matt Waterworth a 30-year-old long distance runner from Northern Ireland. He released his first book 'Angry Jogger' on November 28th after acquiring the funds to self publish it from an Indiegogo campaign in February 2014. He has ran 9 marathons, a 50k, a 100k race and numerous half marathons. He enjoys reading, satire, programming, eating, sleeping and wandering aimlessly around the West End on a Friday night. He is currently based in London, England after leaving Northern Ireland on a whim in February 2014.
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Top customer reviews
I love that the author refuses to hide from setbacks and mistakes in his life, even when it is clear to everyone (himself included) that he was the architect of his own failing.
The funny thing is that I can relate to almost all of this guy's story but not from any one time in my life; and certainly not at the moment. I can take pieces of his lifestyle and his story -- the bullying, poor eating choices, excessive drinking, depression, unemployment etc. and relate to them singularly from some stages in my past -- my late teens, early 20s, late 20s, etc. I think that most readers will be able to comfortably relate to at least some small part of his journey.
There is no B.S. from the Angry Jogger. He might be misguided, or even wrong, but he says what he thinks and doesn't try to hide behind political correct opinions. He owns his mistakes and doesn't seem to worry about offending anybody. He is (like a true introvert!) concerned only with his own choices and how they effect him. He analyses and reflects on his failures, concerns, thoughts and behaviour then writes about it. It makes for very interesting reading and is highly entertaining. If he says something I believe him and respect him for his honesty and bravery -- even if I would not make the same choices myself.
I totally agree with Downeast's excellent review -- particularly his comments regarding addiction, lifestyle choices, making the same mistakes over-and-over and poor race preparation. I also couldn't agree more that if this guy's race preparation was even half-way healthy he would (have) easily achieve(d) his race goals and be a terrific runner. For me, however, this is in no small part the appeal of the book. Despite his failings, the Angry Jogger's resilience and determination is incredible. While being such a raw and honest writer and focuses on his food, alcohol and mental health issues, at the same time the author totally under-sells the achievements he makes with his marathons and half-marathons. How he even made it to the starting line of some races after abusing his body the night before represents great personal strength despite the weakness shown to drink/eat poorly to begin with. This is what makes the story so human, honest and read-able. The Angry Jogger is a bloke I would definitely hope to meet during a race in the UK, chat with for half an hour before we crossed the finish line and went to a nearby pub afterward for a cider.
I love Dean Karnazes's books, Rich Roll's "Finding Ultra", and Scott Jurek's "Eat and Run". Despite their claims to the contrary, these are not just ordinary guys who do a bit of running, but amazing athletes with terrific must-read stories to tell about nutrition, preparation and athleticism. The Angry Jogger is in many ways the antithesis of this. Parts of the book started to remind me of David Clark's terrific book, "Out There" but the author here doesn't reach the lows of David Clarke, doesn't hit the highs, and in many ways the Angry Jogger's story seems to be one that is still in-progress rather than a reflection of a closed chapter in his life. I would not hesitate to buy a follow-up book, written in a couple of years from now. I only hope the author can himself find the right book(s) which resonate with him on diet, lifestyle choices and goal setting.
I love how the Angry Jogger is just an ordinary guy with ordinary problems and is far from the 2 hour 45 minute running machine athlete we usually read about. The book is not pretentious, self-congratulatory or ego-driven. He had the guts to write this book despite recording very modest running times that any reader can easily relate to. I read a disappointing book recently about an Australian who ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks and disliked the constant macho-blokey B.S. theme of being "mad" and "crazy" and seemingly drinking to impress others and create an image for himself as an extroverted boozer. Angry Jogger is not like this at all. If you've read all the current selection of running books which focus on enormous feats of athleticism and thought it unattainable, it is time to buy this book. In this book you'll find a halfway point between an overweight couch potato and your ultra-elite athlete.
I did not like that too-frequent descriptions of bodily functions which, whilst funny at times, started to become excessive and unnecessary. I did enjoy the liberal use of colourful language, however if you're offended by the "c" word (I'm not) this book may give you some grief.
Profanity and humor abound, as well as some deeply personal stories about being bullied as a fat kid and dealing with close personal loss.
Well recommended for anyone with a dark and somewhat dirty sense of humor.
Angry Jogger's tale is one that could easily depress the heck out of readers if it wasn't heavily laced with the dark humor the Irish are so good at.
I laughed, I cringed, I rejoiced in his successes and sighed over his failures enjoying myself the whole time.
Runners will enjoy reading as there are so many relatable moments in this boo .
On the other hand... I want to slap him hard every time he "prepares" for a race by getting wasted on booze or various other chemicals and then whines when he can't finish or doesn't better his time or gains five pounds. Really? Because drinking margaritas and eating cookies and smoking a blunt before a race is what all of the elite runners do the morning of a race, so snivel away.
The guy has big addiction problems. What's even more frustrating is that he briefly seems to realize that, gets sober for a bit, and then goes right back to use/run/complain/rinse/repeat. His body has been incredibly forgiving but one of these days it's going to hit back and hard. It's a shame because if he can do this stuff wasted, imagine what he could do if he actually took care of himself.
Good writing, although occasionally excessively crude. Won't bother to reread...train wrecks in progress are depressing.