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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances (The Oatmeal) Paperback – September 30, 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 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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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.
My only problem with this book was not the material - It was superb, but the formatting leaves much to be desired, especially if you like to read on an iPhone like I do. I could pinch and Zoom, read one panel, then pinch and zoom the next, and so on. The new format is not better. I can't zoom anymore.
Even though it is difficult to read on my iPhone, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a runner with three marathons and several half-marathons completed. If you are a runner, I think you will love it. If you are thinking about running, it's a great introduction. If you know someone who runs, buy it for them. If you want to know why someone runs, read it for yourself.
Beautifully presented and great quality overall. Check his site so you know what you are getting, but yeah... This lived up to the online experience and in my mind surpassed it, which is where the cat one (at least for me) fell down.
The illustrations are also pretty good, and add to the story/text going on throughout the book. It isn't a copy of his online content either, since it adds a bit more than you can find online. Overall I'd say it is a good laugh if you're into running humor, and a bit motivational for those who are starting to run or are interested in it.