How I Trained to Run a 6.5-Second Mile

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. ❤

Superpower

It would be incredibly cool to have superpowers. The ability to fly would be my preference because I love travel and seeing God’s nature and different cultures so much. I also think super speed would be helpful and much more fuel efficient. It would also go quite well with my flying because flying slowly seems like it would be quite awkward and rather comical. I also love the idea of being bulletproof. This would allow me to go into horrible places and save millions from destruction, like destroying Isis from the planet. I could really do some good. All that said, depending on yourself so much for everything would be quite dangerous. When we see ourselves as our hero’s or sole supporters, there is an inherent loneliness and isolation from God that occurs. It would be very easy to take credit for all the good we do rather than giving God credit. Also, we would think maybe that we were as strong as God or something equally dangerous and ignorant. On second thought, that although those supper powers would be incredible and magnificent, I am quite content to allow God to be God and support and worship His sovereignty and just do my small but significant part. That sounds much more peaceful and yet still heroic in its own right.