Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal is well known for his bizarre artwork and colorful way of looking at the world. Until now, he was not known for his long distance running. The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, is a look into the world of marathon running for people who have no interest in running whatsoever. Inman uses his signature art work to illustrate winged fat creatures who encourage people to eat junk food instead of running and running for the sake of being a “mobile dumpster.”
Inman pulls no punches and tells it like it is, detailing the pain of running and how it never ends. He doesn’t claim that running is fun, but he does show it as a form of meditation. There is even a whole segment on Japanese hornets!
I read the entire book in one sitting, truth be told. Then I felt guilty and jogged around the house. You may pick this book up because you’re an Inman fan. You may pick this book up because you’re a runner. You might even pick up the book because, did I mention Japanese Hornets?! Regardless, pick up the book. You won’t regret it.
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances is available September 30, 2014.