Luckily the snow didn't arrive until Tuesday, and so while my long run at the weekend was cold, at least I was able to complete it. I just don't think it is worth running outside when it is like this - the pavements are really slippery and the risk of injury is too high. So I have been hitting the treadmill, which is fine for shorter runs, but there is no way I can do my long runs on one. I just get too bored.
Another thing that has been getting me into my running gear when the weather isn't great is running clubs. A couple of the local running/sports shops now offer a free running club once a week, and I have tried out the ones at Sweaty Betty and Sweatshop.
I have actually been going to the Sweaty Betty running club for over a year. It is a really great group of women, and I like the trainer too. The focus is on running, but we also do some circuits too, so it is more of a full body workout. Lots of shuttle runs, lunges, squats and tricep dips!
Sweatshop on the other hand is purely a group run. I have only done one so far, so I have much less experience of it. First impressions were not quite as good. The leader of the run sped off with the fastest people, leaving those of us who were a little slower on our own, and no one was entirely sure of the route. This was good for motivation to get out of the house, but didn't really offer much more. They are talking about organising long runs on Sundays through to the marathon though, and so that is something that I might well get involved with.
Fingers crossed the weather improves so that I can run outside again. Otherwise I am going to have to join a gym!