The ELEMENTS OF EFFORT: Reflections on the Art and Science of Running

by John Jerome

Gallery Books | November 28, 1998 | Trade Paperback

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All runners, from beginners to Olympians, will delight in this luminous compendium of wisdom wrought from many years of running. Applying his clear vision and wry wit to a smorgasbord of running-related topics, including stretching, dancing, bugs, falling, spaghetti, sweat, and the food police, John Jerome shares his contagious passion for the most basic of sports. Stripping the art of running down to its barest elements, he takes readers and runners with him on a joyous journey -- a run that revels in a profound affection and respect for the single sport that is as pure and simple as it is infinitely complex.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.12 × 4.75 × 0.5 in

Published: November 28, 1998

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671023705

ISBN - 13: 9780671023706

Appropriate for ages: 6

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The ELEMENTS OF EFFORT: Reflections on the Art and Science of Running

by John Jerome

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.12 × 4.75 × 0.5 in

Published: November 28, 1998

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671023705

ISBN - 13: 9780671023706

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INTRODUCTION The heart is the tachometer of effort. A lot of writers I know keep a small book called The Elements of Style on a shelf right over their desks. Only seventy-one pages long, it is a perfect gem of advice on clear composition, and an entertaining read in the bargain. It''s handy to have around. It was written by William Strunk Jr., a professor of English at Cornell, in 1918, intending "merely to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English." One of Strunk''s students was E. B. White, who went on to become one of the most graceful essayists in American letters. In 1959, White revised what Will Strunk always called his "little book," added an introduction, and had it republished. It has never since gone out of print. Writers refer to simply it as "Strunk and White." As a runner and a writer I''ve always thought we needed a similar basic guide to the principles of athletic training. Ideally it would be expressed not in the Tab-A-in-Slot-B manner of most exercise physiology texts, but with a little more sympathy for the reader -- a sentiment acquired from Strunk and White. "Will felt that the reader was in serious trouble most of the time," said White, "a man floundering in a swamp, and that it was the duty of anyone attempting to write English to drain the swamp quickly and get his man up on dry ground, or at least throw him a rope." For fourteen years I''ve written The Complete Runner''s Day-by-Day Log and Calendar. In composing the monthly essays
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Table of Contents

CONTENTS Introduction WINTER Gifts Blah Running vs. Training Pointlessness Patience The Web The Other Half Efficiency Cold First Principles Child''s Play Happiness Going Long, Getting Longer Information Listening to the Man Getting off Your Own Back Warming Up, Cooling Down Belief Systems Dancing with Fatigue Road Thoughts Shivering The Physiology of Confidence Rain in the Face Twenty-One Days from Now Rescue Readiness Letting Fly Wallet Protection, Part I Going Orthopedic Going Systemic Two Cultures Falling Whining Iliotibial Band Syndrome Dancing Sharpening SPRING Mariah Beginnings Grace Mechanics Wear-Dated Madness Callousness Taking a Break Pieces World Peace Gravity Deep Recreation The Heart of a Runner Inhale, Exhale Lengthening Antifreeze The Quiet Body Panaceas The W-Word Check It Out Relaxations Going Outdoors Cutting Apexes It''s the Law Indoor Thinking Dissociation Proprioception Kettles and Pots Functionality Moods, Part I Virtual Realities Toleration Good News, Bad News The Suit of Lead Rhythmics The Interior Life Maintenance Adversaries Stride Length Ballistics Brains Taking Your Time SUMMER Bugs Touch So What? The Elixir of Excellence Records Watering Up, Watering Down The Easiest Way Where the Walls Are Pumps The Annals of Spaghetti, Part I Energy Budgets When Fatigue Helps The Inclinometer The Glories of Muscle In Praise of Soreness Sinew Finishing When Silence Is Dangerous Molecular Theory Like the Wind A Penny Saved Tone Muscle "Pulls" The Break-Over Point
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From the Publisher

All runners, from beginners to Olympians, will delight in this luminous compendium of wisdom wrought from many years of running. Applying his clear vision and wry wit to a smorgasbord of running-related topics, including stretching, dancing, bugs, falling, spaghetti, sweat, and the food police, John Jerome shares his contagious passion for the most basic of sports. Stripping the art of running down to its barest elements, he takes readers and runners with him on a joyous journey -- a run that revels in a profound affection and respect for the single sport that is as pure and simple as it is infinitely complex.

About the Author

The author of ten books, John Jerome has also published articles in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Outside. He lives in western Massachusetts.

From Our Editors

Whether you're a beginning jogger or an Olympic runner, you'll find humour and inspiration in The Elements of Effort: Reflections on the Art and Science of Running. John Jerome looks at everything about running, from stretching and dancing to bugs, sweat and the food police. Stripping the sport to the bare necessities, he's off on a marathon of joy, humour and revelations. Jerome is the author of 10 books and has published articles in Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.

Editorial Reviews

Outside magazine This physiological philosopher''s latest book offers readers a bundle of fad-deflating riffs and provocative essays....Jerome is a fount of sports witticisms and disarming prescriptions.

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