Belated thanks... and how do you know when to force yourself to keep going?

Firstly a belated thanks to those who congratulated me on graduating 2 or 3 weeks ago. Sorry for not responding sooner, but I wasn't online for a couple of days then the website was being "upgraded", etc, etc.

Anyway, since graduating we've been having a heatwave here in sunny England, so have been out running early when I've been able to. Have to admit to missing one run because of commitments. Another time I stopped at 25 mins near the end of my run as I was feeling very light-headed and didn't think it was a very good idea to keep going. How do you know when to push yourself and when it's stupid? I think I always err on the safe-side! I guess if I'm on my own it's better to be safe than sorry - and as I'm doing this running to get fit I don't want to do more harm than good. But now that I know I can do 5km in less than 30 mins, how much should I be pushing myself?

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  • You listen to your body. If you know you really need to stop, then stop. Sometimes you can push on but believe me you'll know when it's just demons and when it's not. Well done for being cautious - it really isn't worth risking injury or overdoing things, especially in the heat!

  • I've found my body just stops, without me really intending to do that. It's not the same as a "bad" run where it's a slog but I stagger through it. One minute I'm running and then all of a sudden I'm not. At which point I listen to my body and walk home. It doesn't happen often and sometimes I'm fine to run the next day, other times I just accept I'm chalking up one run less that week.

  • I ignored obvious body signs (like cold sweats, feeling sick and weird visual disturbance) on a run during the recent heat wave...and ended up poorly and having to stop running for 11 days. I'm only just getting back on my feet now - nearly 3 weeks later.

    As has been said, you can probably tell if it's a mind over matter issue, or whether it's warning bells.

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