The Terrible & Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

The Terrible & Wonderful Reasons Why I run Long DistancesHappy Monday, everyone! My Monday has gone better than most. Despite getting a less than desired amount of sleep last night, I woke up feeling pretty refreshed. I had a good day at work with my students with minimal stress. I packed a healthy lunch for once and finished a book during my lunch break. I’ve had 48 oz. of water so far today. And… most importantly, I ran 2.1 miles after work.

Running 2.1 miles is normally not a big thing for me. It’s actually a bit short. However, last Sunday I ran the first 10K in my Road Race Series, and I came out of it with terrible pain in my foot. Walking was a nightmare. By Thursday, I knew I had to go see a doctor so I went to an urgent care where I got diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis.


Most athletes/runners get injured at some point. I understand that, and I am lucky that nothing more severe has happened to me. This, though, was really bad timing. Yesterday was the second 10K in the Road Race Series, and I did not compete. The doctor told me not to run. My mom told me not to run. My boyfriend told me not to run. My hardcore friend Allison did tell me to run, but I didn’t listen to her. I chose to stay home that morning. The rest of the day I was filled with guilt. This would have been the 6th race out of 10 in the series, and I wanted to be a Road Warrior (meaning I ran every race). I can still be a Series Finisher, but my goal of being a Road Warrior is gone. I hate that I couldn’t run yesterday, but my short run today showed me that it was probably best that I didn’t. I took the run easy, and I still have a bit of pain. The steroids I was prescribed are helping, but I don’t want to risk too much until I can make a podiatrist appointment and see if there is a better, more permanent solution.

My goal of being a Road Warrior is gone, but I’m still registered for the Little Rock Marathon in March. I am hoping there is enough time between now and then for me to fix this problem so I can have an awesome (if I lower my standards of awesome-ha) day running with my friends.

On that note… here is another book review!

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

This book is different than other books I’ve been reading this year because it is a graphic novel created by the man who does The Oatmeal comics. I’m usually a fan of The Oatmeal content—particularly the comics about grammar, which are sadly too inappropriate to hang by my desk at school. I saw someone I follow on Instagram post about this book, and I knew I had to check it out. After all, the question of “why do I do this?” in reference to my “athletic” endeavors is something I am often asked (and I often ask myself).

the terrible and wonderful reasons

Here is the Amazon summary of the book:

“This is not just a book about running. It’s a book about cupcakes. It’s a book about suffering.

It’s a book about gluttony, vanity, bliss, electrical storms, ranch dressing, and Godzilla. It’s a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain, shine, heaven, and hell.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author, Matthew Inman, AKA The Oatmeal, comes this hilarious, beautiful, poignant collection of comics and stories about running, eating, and one cartoonist’s reasons for jogging across mountains until his toenails fall off.

Containing over 70 pages of never-before-seen material, including “A Lazy Cartoonist’s Guide to Becoming a Runner” and “The Blerch’s Guide to Dieting,” this book also comes with Blerch race stickers.”

While I didn’t necessarily agree with everything Inman said, a lot of his points resonated with me. He runs to fight what he calls the “blerch,” and I suppose we all have our own blerch to fight. I run, bike, whatever because it makes me feel good, mentally and physically. Sure, there are moments when I ask myself “why?” but after a good work out, the answer is clear. I simply feel better. I haven’t run ultras like Inman has, but I do relate to a lot of his perspective. (I did google him expecting to find someone who was overweight, or at least, didn’t look like a typical athlete, like myself. I was disappointed to see that despite all of the food he claims to eat, he still looks way more fit than I do.)

My rating: 4/5 stars. This was a fun book to read. My biggest disappointment with this book was the stickers (I don’t think I’d actually put them up anywhere) and the fact that about two weeks after I bought it full price I found it for $5 in the bargain section at Barnes & Noble. I think runners in general would like this book, particularly those runners who may not succumb to the healthiest of lifestyles in general.

Thanks for reading everyone! Have you ever had an athletic injury? How did you deal? Leave some advice in the comments! 


One thought on “The Terrible & Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

  1. Hey! I know the pain of plantar fasciitis… I was diagnosed about 3 years ago. I found the best thing for me is sleeping with a brace on. I still wear flip flops and haven’t had any issues in awhile. I try to stretch me foot as often as I can. I also have not gotten it in the other foot, which surprised my doctor. I never bought the expensive insole either. I have good running shoes and don’t have any issues with running either! I’ve never done a more than 5 miles though. I get super bored after about an hour… lol. Good luck! I’m sure you will be back at it in no time!

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