I came across a reference on this site to "Map My Run", a Google-based app that allows you to plan a run and distance, or measure one you already completed. First off, thanks for the great info and advice available here!
I have done exactly two entire runs so far (that's 16 minutes! plus the "brisk walk"), and was a little surprised that even with an inhaler, the second run seemed every bit as hard as the first, when I didn't have the inhaler.
I compared my two routes and discovered why: my first trip was 2.6km, on a gentle hill, and my second route was 2.8km, and was steeper. I thought perhaps I wasn't improving, but it looks like I ran faster and harder the second time, explaining why I felt like a sauteed mushroom by the end, all pungent and droopy.
I am looking forward to there being less pain, wheezing, and hacking, but am encouraged to discover I am improving even in my first 2 runs. I would not have known about it without this community, so I have yet another reason to be thankful for all of you here.
Today, I am scheduled for week 1, run 3, and it is snowing again. I think I prefer it to the sleet two days ago, so perhaps this one will feel a bit better. It is going to be pure pleasure when I get a chance to run with the sun shining!