The Fit RV’s 5k Training Plan – WEEK 1

Okay, last time I wrote, I told you all about the 5k Challenge we want you to take this Thanksgiving…if you missed that, you can read about it HERE. We’ve got 8 weeks to transform you into a lean mean Turkey Trotting machine…so let’s get started!

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Since your Thanksgiving 5k event will be on a Thursday, you’ll begin your training 8 weeks ahead of that, which will give you a start date of Thursday, October 1st 2015. So, plan to do the very first workout of this Week 1 plan on that date. I’ll be putting up new weekly workout plans every Wednesday thereafter. I’ve put this one up ahead of schedule because you first need to take care of a few things:

  1. Go see your doctor and make sure you are cleared for exercise.  I am not a medical professional, and can’t advise you on this.  Only you and your doctor can determine if a 5k training program is safe for you.
  2. Find a safe place to train.  Towards our final training weeks, you may be doing 4 miles, so plan some smart routes.  Ideally, your route will have the same surface (asphalt, gravel, etc) as your target 5k event, and have a similar hill profile.
  3. Get a good pair of supportive athletic shoes.  If you bought your last pair of running shoes during the Reagan Administration – you need new ones.
  4. Get a watch with seconds.  We’ll be doing intervals based on time.  You’ll have a hard time doing my training program without a watch (or your phone’s timer app).  You can go fancier and get a GPS-enabled device, but for this program, all you will really need is a watch.
  5. Go to our Facebook page and like it. I’ll be posting more details as we go there, and I don’t want you to miss anything!

The Fit RV’s 5k Training Plan – WEEK 1

This plan is designed for those of you who are either new to running, or haven’t done it in awhile, but are in otherwise generally good health. If you’re uncomfortable jogging, or you just can’t jog, that’s okay, this plan will still work for you.  Just do what you can – simply walk faster wherever the plan requires jogging intervals, and pick up the pace as much as you safely can. And if you’re in pretty good shape and this seems easy, that’s good.  But don’t do any more than what I’ve got prescribed here!  Overtraining when you aren’t conditioned for an activity is a recipe for injury. I don’t want that, and you don’t either.

WorkoutDurationWhat are we doing?
130 minutesDo a 5 minute warm-up; like this one. Complete a moderate pace walk along your route.  No running, no intervals today (patience, grasshopper). Check everything out and make any tweaks needed to your equipment and route.  And have fun!
230 minutes

(4 minutes of jogging)

Do a 5 minute warm-up, then walk for 2 minutes. Next, alternate 30 seconds of light jogging with 2 minutes of walking for 20 minutes; which will be 8 times.  Finish with a 3 minute cooldown walk.
330 minutes

(7 minutes of jogging)

Do a 5 minute warm-up, then walk for 2 minutes. Next, alternate 60 seconds of light jogging and 2 minutes of walking; 7 times, for 21 minutes. Finish with a 2 minute cooldown walk.
430 minutes

(8 minutes of jogging)

Do a 5 minute warm-up, then walk for 2 minutes.   Alternate 60 seconds of light jogging and 90 seconds of walking; 8 times, for 20 minutes. Finish with a 3 minute cooldown walk.


You’ll notice you have 4 workouts this first week, and therefore 3 days of no training. The NOT training is called recovery, and it’s just as important as the training for performance.  If you’re new to running, or, like James, if you just don’t run much throughout the year, it may make you pretty sore at first, so you NEED those recovery days to allow your body the time it needs to heal and adapt.  Recovery is when you actually get stronger, so our program won’t skimp on recovery!

Note: If you’ll be doing your training on a treadmill, make sure to set the treadmill to a 2% incline to counteract the motorized assist you get. And do try to get outside as much as you can! Your 5k event won’t be on a treadmill, and you want to mimic your event in your training as much as possible.


Other things to remember:

Hydration – While it may seem like overkill for a 30 minute walk, it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated – especially if you and your RV are someplace where it’s hot.  Do me a favor and drink a glass of water when you’re done with your workouts this week, whether or not it seems necessary.

Post-Workout Stretching – I’d like to see y’all get in the habit of doing a few stretches after each training session. I can’t stress enough how important stretching and things like foam-rolling and massage are after exercise. More on that later, but for now, try these stretches after each workout you do this week.

Listen to your body – if something hurts, pay attention.  Starting to run or powerwalk is supposed to be uncomfortable.  But if you find yourself dealing with more than post-workout soreness – stop!

Okay, now that we’ve covered the big stuff, time to lace up your athletic shoes and get going! I’d love updates on when you’ve completed your workouts and how it’s going… so stay in touch! Your comments are always appreciated.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great…”

You’ve got this!

Stefany Adinaro is an RVing fitness pro and is the self-proclaimed “better half” of the Fit RV website. While she loves her RV adventures, her favorite adventure is being “Mugga” to grandbabies Amelia and Eli. When she's not on the road, you can find her training clients in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    6 thoughts on “The Fit RV’s 5k Training Plan – WEEK 1

      1. Stefany - Post author

        WOOT! Way to rock it, Paul! You’ll do your first workout of Week 2 on Thursday Oct. 8th…and we’re already amping up the difficulty level, so get ready!

    1. Rhonda J

      Got excited and have already done the first 3 workouts, lol! I haven’t run in years, it’s feeling great to be back at it…

      1. Stefany - Post author

        Ideally, week 1’s workouts should be spread like this: Workout on days 1, 3, 5, 7. So, your 3 recovery days will be on 2, 4, and 6. On Week 2, you’ll be starting with a walking workout (no intervals), so it’s okay that it will immediately follow your final workout (day 7) of Week 1. Hope this makes sense!


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