the terrible and wonderful reasons why i run long distances

the terrible and wonderful reasons why i run long distances (the oatmeal)//wanderaven

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)

I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't know what I'm talking about when I tell you that I adore The Oatmeal.

Other than to express my sorrow that you've lacked the joy of The Oatmeal in your life (and that you probably ought to set aside a few hours when you start clicking the links to his site), here are some of the places you should start:

My Dog: The Paradox

My Relationship with Fruit

How to Suck at Your Religion

What It Means When You Say Literally

I've been pretty damn busy lately and getting nothing done in my life, basically, but when Andrews McMeel Publishing gave me the opportunity to read The Oatmeal's new collection of comics all about running there was simply no way not to. This is the guy who brings you such beauties as I Drew Spider-Man Like the New Spider-Woman.

As with his previous books, The Terrible And Wonderful isn't new material, or at least much of it isn't anyway. This is a collection of running stories mostly previously published on The Oatmeal. He covers why and how he started running, and why he continues to do so despite The Blerch, and RoboCop.

And, of course, the flesh-melting Japanese giant hornets:


If you think that this is hyperbole, an imagined creature created by The Oatmeal, go ahead and google it. The pain and horror you'll experience is all your own fault.

This collection doesn't exactly inspire the reader to take up running, but as he explains in the book, that's not what he's trying to do. He's just relating his own experiences with running and why he loves (and sometimes despises) it.