Most excuses for skipping a run-too hot, too cold, I'm on vacation—are invalid at this time of year, so the highways and byways are crowded with whippetlike Kenyans and spare-tire-toting couch potatoes doing roadwork. Still, if you're looking to put off logging the miles, log on. These sweaty sites have what you need before lacing up your running shoes.
Register with this on-line running log to keep track of your jogging schedule—how far and how often, even how many miles you've put on those ratty, tread-bare shoes. Use the site's myriad calculators to measure vital stats such as calories burned and oxygen used or to predict your finish time for a distance you have never run before.
Kick! provides a directory of races and a series of training tips for serious road racers. For the rest of us, it has pointers on technique, advice on how to stay motivated and, most important, information on how to treat achy knees, creaky ankles and other road hazards.
The site for last Saturday's Greater Hartford Marathon gave runners a videotaped cybertour of the course before the race. The preview, the first of its kind on the Web, will stay up for potential 1999 marathon participants. Each of last week's 944 finishers can view a 15-second film of himself or herself at the finish line.
The American Running and Fitness Association site lists sports-medicine specialists around the country, provides guidance for choosing proper running shoes and offers tips for every step of the runner's life, from carbo-loading to postrace stretch.
sites we'd like to see
Posting of porn publisher Larry Flynt's offer to buy Marge Schott's shares of the Cincinnati Reds.
Home site of NBA players taking to the road to promote their cause in the league's labor dispute.