7 Illustrations About Running

In writing and illustrating my new book, I Hate Running and You Can Too, I wanted to tackle lots of the “whys” and “hows” of distance running, for both longtime runners and people who are curious about doing their first 5K. The book is not so much about specific training plans and what shoes to wear, but why any sane person would, in the 21st century run any farther than they needed to catch a bus. I use more than 65 illustrations to make sense of things like procrastination, getting started from zero, setbacks, discomfort, comparing ourselves to other runners, and perspective on a hobby that seems weird to other people, and lots of times, to us too.

The following illustrations all appear in the book I Hate Running and You Can Too which is available for pre-order here, and ships March 16th.


From Chapter 13: “Loving Something Is Different Than Liking It”:

semi-rad chart: I should probably go for a run today

From Chapter 4: Compete (Against Yourself):

semi-rad chart: compete against yourself


From Chapter 9, “Progress Is Not A Straight Line”:

semi-rad chart: a plan, ideally


semi-rad chart: a plan, actually


From Chapter 7, “Inspiration Is Not A Strategy”:

semi-rad chart: inspiration is a spark, not a fire

From Chapter 8, “Write Your Own Definition of Success”:

semi-rad chart: people who get to decide what the point of all your running is


From Chapter 11, “There Are No ‘Hacks’”:

semi-rad chart: the zen of running

To pre-order I Hate Running and You Can Too: How to Get Started, Keep Going, and Make Sense of an Irrational Passion, click here.

I Hate Running and You Can Too book