Be prepared to be quite uncomfortable as first. This is new, this is something that your feet aren’t used to. Remember how slow you were at first when you started running? Go slower.
Definitely run on a smooth hard surface like asphalt to begin with.
You are NOT reaching ahead of yourself with your feet. Your mid foot touches down then the rest of the foot, including the heel. If you don’t let your heel touch down, your calves will be in agony. They are going to be sore anyway.
A couple drills. Run on the spot, then run backwards for a few strides. This will engrain the proper feeling in your feet as to how the landing is supposed to feel.
Bend your knees and relax. Relax... Relax.
Literally only run 200 yards. Maybe.
Never on grass. Ever. Bad things hide in the grass.
Love it! You are going to love it.
Give it a week or two at these short distances, then put your shoes back on and run the rest of the distance you have planned.
Best of luck! If people look at you crazy, just make eye contact and say hi... That usually startles them because they are looking at your feet.
You can do it!
Added: Lift your foot at the end of the stride, don’t push off. let the natural spring in your foot do some of the work, don’t overstride…