I too started higher than where the official program starts. So i printed some blank calendars, decided on a training plan for myself, and scheduled it on that calendar. When i complete a training day, i go to the sp training calendar and log my workout from there. It doesn't matter that it says "walk 15 min" of whatever. If it is the first training day on week 2, i log there my actual stats. This way i feel like a part of the training program while at the same time challenging myself.
My goal is to do the 5K in less than 1 hour 10 min. It has been a long while since i was able to walk at 3 mph but slowly but surely i am improving my speed and having fun along the way. :)
My walk is 5.2 miles...hills and flat (it's to the train station) But I did start the goal of going faster...aimming to shave 5 mins a week off. I just didn't know if there was a way of moving past the 'beginner' part of the challenge. Since I have already 'been there/done that'. LOL
The best way to challenge yourself when you are already at the goal distance or time, is to increase your speed, do intervals, and walk hills.
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