The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

eBook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Andrews McMeel, 2014.
Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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ArapahoeHollyR Aug 24, 2017

A fun, funny approach to a running book. A good read if you are looking for something other than the standard training manuals or famous-athlete memoirs.

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mclarjh
Sep 21, 2015

Terrible. Garish colours, cartoonish drawings, and juvenile narration.

PimaLib_HeatherR May 09, 2015

I don't run long distances, only short ones. But this is a hysterical book that rings true!

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Dtrasler
Mar 18, 2015

The Oatmeal has long been a favourite of mine for his humour and his easy-to-follow grammar and punctuation cartoons. Seriously - you need to read his piece on apostrophes. Go do that.
Anyway, this book is a very honest and revealing look at his OTHER main activity. He runs, but he doesn't run because it's a joyous experience, or because it puts him in touch with his inner self or whatever. He runs because he doesn't want to be fat again, and he spends most of his working life in front of a computer.
It may not inspire you to get out there and run an ultra marathon, but it will make you stop and wonder why you don't do more exercise yourself.
And I mean it about the apostrophes.

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lbtwinb
Dec 12, 2014

Hilarious and insightful!!!

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blue_ferret_44
Jul 20, 2015

" I believe in the blerch."

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