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A Sneak Peek from The Oatmeal’s Upcoming Book, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

June 17, 2014


Matthew Inman, AKA best-selling author and cartoonist behind The Oatmeal, is a runner. He’s completed marathons, triathlons, and even ultra marathons, which he recognizes as both meditative experiences and “overpriced torture wherein participants wake up and ass-o-clock in the morning and stand in the freezing cold until it’s time to run.” After he posted a comic strip in July 2013 exploring his love/hate relationship with long distance running, the piece became an instant hit.

A year later, the comic has evolved into both an upcoming book (to be released on September 30th) and a sold out race (taking place on September 20th and 21st in Carnation, Washington). Inman’s work is now breaking into the fitness world, where his wacky ideas and suggestions resonate with a whole new demographic. Today, Runner’s World Magazine published an excerpt from The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances.


The book is available to pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound. You can follow The Oatmeal on twitter or on his website.

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