Do you feel that your fitness level has slipped? And, you find yourself putting off getting back to that level. Because you want to go straight back to that level but, you know that just going straight back to that level won't work!?!
This was me about a month ago. Here's how I fixed this problem.
I tell people, and tell myself that the way is to take small baby steps. Build up the confidence level in what you're doing slowly - this confidence helps you progress to the next level. Be patient.
So, I decided to go for a short run every morning. Luckily, there is a 20 minute window in my morning routine. I get up & immediately put my running kit on. I then go and wake everyone else up and make the breakfasts. Once everyone is out of the house, I go for a short run (1.5 miles). It takes me about 15 minutes.
After 2 weeks of doing this Monday - Friday, I decided to take on my 2.5 mile route. It felt great! The regular 2 weeks of doing the short run had re-invograted my fitness. Not only did I complete the 2.5 mile route without stopping, it actually felt great doing it!
Just last weekend, after 3 weeks, I had a go at pushing myself to do a 3.3 mile route. It was hard, I had to push myself through it. Kept saying to myself "there's no growth in comfort". But I made it and felt fantastic.
Being patient and building my fitness up slowly has really paid off.