Football can require quite a lot of running. Sometimes after exceptionally intense moments I find myself briefly unable to satiate the need for breathing, at which point I wonder if I’m doing something that’s potentially unsafe for myself. My heart rate can stay above 200 during such episodes (though I’ve only measured it a couple of times), which is above the "standard" maximum effort for my age (28), but I feel fine apart from being rather out of breath – which is surely to be expected from lots of running.
How do I know when it’s time to slow down? Can I "run till I drop", figuratively speaking, for as long as I feel OK? I am not aware of any medical issues that might subject me to extra risk.