The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

By The Oatmeal

  • Release Date: 2014-09-30
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings
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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.


  • Not a marathon

    By csixty4
    The Oatmeal brings his irreverent, self-deprecating humor to the sport of distance running. The book is short, easily consumed in one sitting like a cupcake. But that single sitting was full of laughter as I recognized so much of myself in Matthew Inman's stories of blerches, marathons, and giant Japanese hornets. The book is technically a graphic novel, and Inman's illustrations certainly don't disappoint. The pages are dark with light text, generally an invitation to eye strain, but this book keeps the eyes awake & searching for something awesome to look at on every page. Reading this book did not feel like running a marathon at all.