I don’t know if I can run at that pace because it’s really fast. When I was younger, I used to play the online game Quake, using the nick Quaker Oatmeal as my nick. Instead, I just posted stuff on my website and developed a following through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Stumbleupon.

Provided you’re making things that people like, the web right now is a great place for an artist, comedian, writer, musician, or whatever else to pump out material and (hopefully) flourish.

Also, when I was starting to run, I used to pretend that there was a fat man chasing me.

And if he caught me, I would be transformed into him.

Actually, if I go for two or more days without running, I’ll feel really miserable.

I’ll feel like I’m morbidly obese and that the whole world is falling apart. To be honest, I haven’t run a normal marathon in almost a year, but my personal best is a 3.40. The minimum distance I usually run is 6 miles (about 9.7 km).

Thanks to all the training, I achieved a 1.30 time in my last half marathon in mid-September. When I started, the Internet was the only place I knew to put my material.

I’m aiming for 3.05 for my next marathon, the Las Vegas Marathon in December, so that I can qualify for Boston. I didn’t seek out a book publisher or try to get syndicated by a newspaper.

I didn’t train properly, so I’m not too crazy about that number. I’m actually part of a running group and I have a coach who helps me out. For instance, just before this interview, I had to do a moderate-pace, 8-mile (about 12.9 km) run on a flat course.

Tomorrow is my day-off, and the day after, I’ll be running 12 miles (about 19.3 km) on a hilly course.

But I admit – it was tough paying the bills in the beginning.

I once had to ask for donations to cover web-hosting costs of a few thousand dollars because I had nothing to sell to the readers then.

The Oatmeal had a fairly modest start – by Inman’s standards – in 2009.