I managed to get a bronchial-sinusitis virus which left me with severe asthma & a course of fairly vile steroids (although they worked a treat!) all of which led to no running for a whole month! I would've gone crazy were it not for this forum. I've been enjoying reading about everyone's running adventures, following Juju's stretches, squats & planks (still dreadful at those!) & gaining tips on winter running. The tips were all fab - I hadn't thought of a buff & improvised with a fleece ski neck gaiter which helped for the start of the run & became an ear/head warmer on the cool down. I went out armed with ventolin & did a familiar route about 4k. It was very slow but I didn't need to stop . I'm just so very relieved that the buff worked & I had no asthma symptoms - in fact my breathing always seems to improve when I get into the run. I shall be buying a proper buff & a funky flouro jacket this weekend so I can run after dark. Thanks for the great advice & supportive posts from other asthma sufferers.