Join us today as we have a conversation with Dr. Katie Myint, an eye surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Her journey takes us from her Midlands upbringing to becoming a doctor and the role running and exercise played in promoting mental well-being.
Katie candidly shares her battle with depression during her second year as a doctor, shedding light on how exercise and medication became transformative tools for enhancing her mental health. As we explore her running journey and marathon experiences, one theme remains constant: the pure joy of movement.
Throughout the episode, Katie discusses her marathon adventures, from running alongside her husband to using races as a gateway to explore the world. She passionately underscores the importance of running as a cherished hobby, never allowing it to encroach upon her daily life.
Katie offers advice on motivation and self-compassion and encourages women to embrace exercise with the conviction that it can be an enjoyable endeavour.
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Working as an eye surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, in London
Her early years growing up in the Midlands
Being focused on academics
Learning how to swim with her dad
Enjoying school and wanting to do well
Finding her way into sports and exercise as an adult
Not enjoying sports at school
Dealing with depression in her 2nd year of being a doctor
Using exercise to improve mental well-being
Taking the first step to going out and doing exercise
Not recognising in herself that she had depression
Going to see her GP and being recommended exercise and medication
Going on her first run in winter in the rain and the dark
Her running journey and what that looked like
Being a solo runner for a long time
Running to help process her thoughts
Not having any running goals and using running to improve her mental well-being
Working her way up to a half-marathon and marathon
Why it wasn’t about times or PBs but rather the joy of moving
Running with her husband and using a marathon race as an excuse to go on holiday abroad
Fitting in running around her job and life
Not following a structured running program
Wanting to keep running as a hobby
Doing 2 or 3 shorter runs throughout the week with one long run at the weekend
Not letting running get in the way of life
Magical moments while running
Running the Barcelona Marathon, Spain
Managing the tough times in a race and how to mange that
The race is just the final victory lap and the journey is in all the runs you’ve done before it.
Why it can be tricky between mile 16 and 18
Loving Park Run and starting Saturdays with a run followed by brunch
Getting involved in triathlon
Getting her first bike
Training solo or with her husband
Doing her first triathlon and why it was a total wash out
Taking the race at your own pace and not comparing yourself to others
Being an Ambassador for ON
Advice for when you don’t want to go out running
Remembering why you are doing it, but also being kind to yourself
Race plans for 2024
Where Katie is most active on social media
Final words of advice to encourage more women to get exercise in their life
Encouraging you to run for the love of it and that exercise can be fun!
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