The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances (Friday Favorite)

Have you heard of the book, “The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances“? If you’re a runner and you haven’t, you must go out right now, find it, and read it. And if you have read it, I bet you know a runner who would love this for Christmas, a birthday, or really any occasion.
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

I’m guessing you’ve read some running books or articles that are quite similar to some parts of his book, such as inspirational messages:

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances book page

So what makes this book different (and, IMHO, better)? Well, take a look at the page that follows the one above:

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances page

Few books, comics, or movies can make me genuinely laugh out loud, but this page got a huge guffaw from me. This is exactly how I feel this time of year. All I want to do is hibernate and borrow as these cold, dark days go on.

Some of my other LOL moments included the page below. I’m sure we all know someone like this:

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances over-accessorize

It’s not all fun and jokes (though a lot of it is). Some is also a bit more serious. I just love the unapologetic honesty with which he writes and draws, such as when he writes about getting off your butt and going out for a GD run:

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances happy juice

And he perfectly captures some big reasons I run. Seriously, is this guy in my head or something? This is me to a T!

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances demons

He has a bit more of the book on his website. But seriously, for just $11 on Amazon, go out and buy the book.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (okay, maybe you won’t cry, but you’ll definitely laugh), and you may have found the perfect gift for someone. Happy reading!

Questions: Have you “read” this book (do you consider comics reading?)? What are some of the weird or hard to explain reasons that you run?

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