Review: The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To date I have found the Oatmeal alternately inspiring and obnoxious. This book is no different. I enjoyed it and found parts of it wonderful. Get through all the frat boy humor and you’ll find nuggets of thoughtful meditation on the benefits of endurance running and personal growth. However, I often felt that Matthew Inman fell just a tad short of real insight for the sake of a cheap laugh.

Inman has a lot of talent and I’m looking forward to watching his work develop, which I’m sure it will. Just like running, writing is a difficult process of hard work, mixed with trial and error, success and failure. Despite the jokes about boners and punching dolphins, I keep coming back because he’s onto something.

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