Dean Williams was one of 22 chosen from more than 400 submissions across the country to be featured in the Dec. 2012 "Body Issue" of Runner's World Magazine.
The 56-year-old said running helped him lose 85 pounds in six months and put him in the best shape of his life. After having three sugeries on the same day, Williams decided to change his life. He started walking and soon began running 10 yards, then half a mile, and now Williams told Carlsbad Patch in an email he currently runs on average six days a week putting in about 40 miles.
One of Williams' favorite runs is a six mile route along the Carlsbad coast. "When I get tired and feel like I want to stop, I just look out over the ocean," said Williams.
Willams has lots of good advice for runners including, "Don't expect everyday to be better than the last. Some days will be slower than others, and some days might even hurt a bit. But as long as you're on the road, it's a good day."
For those looking for inspiration or suggestions to begin running, Williams suggests:
- See your Dr. before you start
- Make running a priority and lifestyle change
- Go to a running store and get fitted properly, good shoes make a difference!
- Stretch well before and after runs
- Set a run scheduled based on your lifestyle and stick to it
- Start out slow....start out by walking, increase to walk/jog/run, work up to running
- Get a magazine (Runner's World), or book from the library on running
- Find a place you love to run, the City of Carlsbad is the most scenic place with the greatest weather I've found
When Williams is not training or completing in half and full marathons, he enjoys spending time in Carlsbad with his wife of 35 years. Williams and his moved to Carlsbad in 2009. Williams retired from U.S. Postal Service in 2011 after 37 years of service. His wife Catherine is a school nurse for the San Diego Unified School District.