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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances (The Oatmeal) 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
Must read!!! I laughed so much, but also recognized myself in many examples Oatmeal gave. Not only for distance runners, but for everyone wishing to read something unique,... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Maya
A fun read for anyone who is considering running or is an active runner. The Oatmeal never fails to make me giggle.Published 10 days ago by Dennycee
Loved this book. Share it with others to inspire them to get going and beat the Blerch!Published 22 days ago by redlegcraig
Great, funny gift for friends and family. Easy book to flip through and enjoy.Published 1 month ago by Chamm8884
Watch out for the Blerch... ... ... It will follow you forever! On your way to the donuts, Nutella, and the fast food joint. Everywhere! Read morePublished 1 month ago by A and J Kuntz
I hate running and still do, but its nice to read about the work he as done and why he likes running.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It's a very funny and great take on the 'other' side of being a runner -- definitely some laugh out loud moments that I shared with othersPublished 1 month ago by Cindy L
This book actually made me want to run again. I love his sense of humor and I appreciate his sharing his personal struggles and how he found ways to inspire himself to overcome... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff B.
The Oatmeal is one of my favorite writers, I have this as a coffee table book. It always sparks conversation or grabs people's attention. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ty C.