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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances (Volume 5) (The Oatmeal) Paperback – September 30, 2014
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"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, author of The Runner's Rule Book
"He runs. He sweats. He heaves. He hates it. He loves it. 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
"Finally! A voice that sings with the Blerches of angels!"
-Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run
This is not just a book about running. It's a book about cupcakes. It's a book about suffering.
It's a book about gluttony, vanity, bliss, electrical storms, ranch dressing, and Godzilla. It's a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain, shine, heaven, and hell.
From #1 New York Times best-selling author, Matthew Inman, AKA The Oatmeal, comes this hilarious, beautiful, poignant collection of comics and stories about running, eating, and one cartoonist's reasons for jogging across mountains until his toenails fall off.
Containing over 70 pages of never-before-seen material, including "A Lazy Cartoonist's Guide to Becoming a Runner" and "The Blerch's Guide to Dieting," this book also comes with Blerch race stickers.
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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)
About the Author
Matthew Inman is the Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmeal and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You. Matthew also co-created the popular Exploding Kittens card game. Since being founded in 2009, his work on TheOatmeal.com has been read by over 300 million people.
- ASIN : 1449459951
- Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 30, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 148 pages
- ISBN-10 : 144946727X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1449459956
- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #109,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But in all serious, this book is an eye opener and made me realize stuff about myself. I think, no I know it’s time to get up and run. Thank goodness I have those running shoes that I been neglecting.
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.
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.
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With a picture and a few words he can express the feelings of a long distance runner better than others will do in 1000s of labored text.
It won't take you long to read it, but you will read it again and again. It's perfect to have lying around the house for when friends come round and they might ask you why you bother running and you can just throw this at them.
I am going to leave it on my desk in my office, so that when I am debating whether to go out for a run or sit in a chair and count my "likes" for some stupid facebook post I'll open this and hope that it kicks me out the door.
knowing what sort of comics the oatmeal draws, i expected this to be a hilarious book of comics and such. which it is, but it is also so much more than that!
it also surprised me and became such an inspiring book, that i have vowed to start making changes to my life.
if you want a reason to change your life, a good few chuckles or both, buy this book RIGHT NOW!