I have not done this for a while, but I wanted to share it, having just shared with a friend who found it useful. Here is how I did it.
I first conditioned and disciplined myself to get up first thing in the morning (before my toddler son at the time) and walk a mile. I had measured with my car’s odometer how far a mile was from my house. Gradually, when a mile became easy, I got up earlier and walked two miles. Then, when two miles was easy, you guessed it, I got up earlier and walked three miles. But I stopped there and alternated 2 miles one day, 3 miles the next and always took Sundays off of walking. Then, instead of increasing my distance, I started walking faster. At first I could only walk fast a half a mile, and gradually that increased. I did not push my body until it hurt, I listened to my body and the slightest ache, I walked slowly again. (Also, I must say that from day one, I stretched before and after my walks.) Then when walking fast the entire distance was easy, I started jogging a bit, just a little at first and any soreness, I walked again as fast as I could. Later, I would alternate jogging with walking. Eventually, I could jog the whole distance. Then I started sprinting the same way. Any resistance, I jogged, eventually alternating those until I could run the whole way as fast as I could. Then my body and heart were conditioned. Once the body is conditioned, it is a matter of will and you can go as fast as you believe and allow yourself (within reason). At the end, I was up to the first mile at 6.5 minutes, the second mile at 7.0 minutes and the third mile at 7.5 minutes. Pretty good for an overweight 37 year old, praise God.
I stopped because I got pregnant and did not want to jeapordize the baby’s health. I have not gotten back into it but I may, I know how to and have started walking 1-2 miles a day, depending. Who knows but if I can do it once, I and you can do it again. And with God’s help, anything is possible (if you really desire it). Never be afraid to try something new that challenges you and helps make you healthier for the Lord’s sake. ❤