The Elements of Effort

Reflections on the Art and Science of Running

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About The Book

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

John Jerome (1932 - 2002) was the author of twelve books. He also published articles in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Outside.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 1, 1998)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780671023706

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The Washington Post Book World Few people write better about athletic endeavor than John Jerome.

Booklist Just before runners head out the door, they'll be wise to read one of Jerome's essays. They'll pique the mind while the road tones the body.

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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