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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)

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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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Product Details

  • Series: The Oatmeal (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144946727X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449459956
  • ASIN: 1449459951
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (497 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this while eating a pizza and drinking diet Mountain Dew. I feel really bad about myself now, so I'm thinking about going out and getting ice cream. But I'm also thinking about going out for a run instead, which wasn't in the cards before. So the book has changed my way of thinking. Basically, this book is dangerous and should probably be made illegal.
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By Tony Arra on October 1, 2014
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Matthew Inman doesn't claim to be a health guru. He's not trying to sell a product or diet plan. And his blood is likely composed of 30% Nutella.

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.
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I laughed, I cried, I now have a bastardized version of a Ramones song- "Blitzkrieg Butt"- stuck in my head. And my cheeks hurt a little from smiling. And I think I'm going to go for a run.

It's weird how he can capture the humor and the emotion of running. It's funny, sarcastic, sweet, and poignant at times.
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By gail. on September 30, 2014
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I participated in the Beat the Blerch 10k a couple weeks ago (complete with cake, nutella sandwiches, & couches at the aid station) & polished this book off on the flight home. Full of laughs, inspiration, & a lot of truth (I'm totally a workout to eat kind of gal). A little bummed I paid $20 for this at the race, but I do have a lot of sweet race swag & fantastic memories.
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I don’t know shit about running, but Matthew Inman makes me want to be a runner, like, tomorrow.
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.
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I always enjoy his comics and everything he says about running is true but half of this comics are already online for free. I paid for this book to see new material and the little bit there was didn't seem worth the money.
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Matthew Inman never ceases to amaze me. He is funny, clever, and smart. These attributes bleed into his books without question. This new book is no exception, however it is a little different from his previous books. He previous books were a little 'random' and enjoyably so. Matthew's new book is a little more focused, and its all about running (and a intermission about bees). The focus was quite enjoyable. Matthew was able to explaining is running journey while making it funny and enjoyable to read. I would say it provided me with some inspiration to go out and run....but who am I kidding? I read this for his writing style. It's great. Buy it. You'll love if you familiar with Matthew or the humor/comic genres in general.

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 :(
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I LOVE "The Oatmeal" and I recently started running, so this seemed right up my alley. It's witty, entertaining, and real. Not particularly long, but definitely worth the read. I was *slightly* disappointed that I'd already seen much of the content on the website or fb page, but there was still a lot of new content, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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