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

Found in: Health and Well Being, Running and Jogging
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

CONTENTSIntroductionWINTERGiftsBlahRunning vs. TrainingPointlessnessPatienceThe WebThe Other HalfEfficiencyColdFirst PrinciplesChild's PlayHappinessGoing Long, Getting LongerInformationListening to the ManGetting off Your Own BackWarming Up, Cooling DownBelief SystemsDancing with FatigueRoad ThoughtsShiveringThe Physiology of ConfidenceRain in the FaceTwenty-One Days from NowRescueReadinessLetting FlyWallet Protection, Part IGoing OrthopedicGoing SystemicTwo CulturesFallingWhiningIliotibial Band SyndromeDancingSharpeningSPRINGMariahBeginningsGraceMechanicsWear-DatedMadnessCallousnessTaking a BreakPiecesWorld PeaceGravityDeep RecreationThe Heart of a RunnerInhale, ExhaleLengtheningAntifreezeThe Quiet BodyPanaceasThe W-WordCheck It OutRelaxationsGoing OutdoorsCutting ApexesIt's the LawIndoor ThinkingDissociationProprioceptionKettles and PotsFunctionalityMoods, Part IVirtual RealitiesTolerationGood News, Bad NewsThe Suit of LeadRhythmicsThe Interior LifeMaintenanceAdversariesStride LengthBallisticsBrainsTaking Your TimeSUMMERBugsTouchSo What?The Elixir of ExcellenceRecordsWatering Up, Watering DownThe Easiest WayWhere the Walls ArePumpsThe Annals of Spaghetti, Part IEnergy BudgetsWhen Fatigue HelpsThe InclinometerThe Glories of MuscleIn Praise of SorenessSinewFinishingWhen Silence Is DangerousMolecular TheoryLike the WindA Penny SavedToneMuscle "Pulls"The Break-Over PointThe Application of PainObsession -- and Other PerfumesMoods, Part IIUs WeaklingsMoans and GroansMore Budgetin
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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.

Appropriate for ages: 6