If you want to read a laugh-out-loud book about running, read The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman. It was a happy break for me to read this collection of comics that describe the Oatmeal’s running experiences and make fun of a lot of stuff associated with running or keeping fit. The Oatmeal didn’t start running to lose weight, although he did need to lose weight, and he did lose it. He started because he was working 70 hours a week in front of a computer screen and needed to “get that screen out of my face”. He describes his body at the time as having the look of an overweight Tyrannosaurus Rex. Of course at the beginning, it was hard to go very far but he kept plugging away. He says to never listen to yourself because you can come up with thousands of excuses not to be physically active. One of the most common is “I don’t have time,” but as he points out, there are 1,440 minutes in one day and if you work out for 20 minutes, it’s only 1.3% of those minutes! What I love about the Oatmeal is that he’s not what I call a health nut; he even has a tongue-in-cheek cartoon of two characters high fiving each other for having portion control, and that is certainly not the way he is. He describes the way he treats his body and eats as like a “fast moving dumpster.” He says running through forests and cities makes him feel alive, whereas eating salad-type food makes him feel “tired and robotic” — me too! I hate vegetables! He also hates treadmills as do I, although they are handy in bad weather. He thinks the display screen taunts you and makes you constantly check your numbers instead of enjoying your run. I agree and cover mine up with a piece of paper. I think this book is great for even non-runners as he does a wonderful job describing his inner demons and ways to get rid of them. Great short read!