Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, almost 4 years ago

    “Man is the Ape that runs.”

    Don’t quite remember where I saw this back in the heyday of Jim Fix and all that “Running” stuff, but it stuck with me because if you’ve ever seen apes, monkeys, and the rest “scamper” and compared it with Human “running,” the difference really IS amazing.

    Somewhere along the line we learned a thing or two from Wolves and Horses and developed a gait that is both efficient and appealing.

    I LOVE watching Lady Joggers.

    Jus’ sayin’.

  2. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, almost 4 years ago

    many of us “run” by pressing x on the gamepad.

  3. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 4 years ago

    They run even if no one is chasing them? That’s crazy….

  4. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    then there was Jim Fixx

  5. SkyFisher

    SkyFisher said, almost 4 years ago

    I have always wondered how someone would could run outside, in rainy and cold weather, among traffic with distracted and angry drivers, breathing vehicle exhaust, purposely straining their bodies and suffering repetitive motion injury, and then say they are doing it for health reasons.

  6. chp9595

    chp9595 said, almost 4 years ago

    God gave you two feet. One for the gas pedal and the other for the clutch.

  7. prrdh

    prrdh said, almost 4 years ago

    As somebody (see for a list of candidates) said, “Whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes away.”

  8. heathen

    heathen said, almost 4 years ago

    spoken like a true couch potato

  9. Mstreselena

    Mstreselena said, almost 4 years ago


    My brother in law was a marathon runner for years, now he has permanent spinal damage and joint problems, walking and cycling are the way to go. Personally, there’s nothing like lifting weights and feeling the blood pump in your muscles. Feel free to keep assuming that just because some of us older people know better that all we do is sit on a couch.

  10. ncalifgirl58

    ncalifgirl58 said, almost 4 years ago

    Some people get addicted to running too. I think it’s weird. But to each his own.

  11. seed_drill

    seed_drill said, almost 4 years ago

    I hate running so much, I was almost grateful for a knee injury that prevented me ever attempting it again. I do love cycling, though.

  12. cabalonrye

    cabalonrye said, almost 4 years ago

    @LeoAutodidact – it seems it is the thing that man does better than most other animals. Long distance endurance run coupled with the ability to sweat means we don’t overheat. Human hunters still run their prey to exhaustion in certain countries.

  13. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 4 years ago

    The spirit is willing, but the flesh is really, really sore!

  14. prrdh

    prrdh said, almost 4 years ago


    And then they veg out, or maybe stroll about for a bit, until the food runs low again. They run when they have to, as long as they have to. See what Taleb has to say about the subject.

  15. tedsini

    tedsini said, almost 4 years ago

    Anecdotal evidence is usually worthless. For all of you who think running will slowly kill you, starting with your knees -

    Stanford researcher James Fries followed more than 500 runners for 21 years. Among the findings are the facts that runners had fewer disabilities than non-runners, a longer span of activity in their lives and are half as likely to die early deaths.

    He says the biggest surprise was that the predicted joint damage, in which many researchers had expected to see, wasn’t there. Instead, they found that barring injury, running kept important components of the knee, such as the cartilage, healthy.

    And the dire injury predictions other scientists made for runners have fallen completely flat. Fries and his colleagues published a companion paper in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showing running was not associated with greater rates of osteoarthritis in their elderly runners. Runners also do not require more total knee replacements than nonrunners, Fries said.

    Maybe Phil isn’t such an idiot after all.

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