Carlsbad Resident Featured in Magazine Loses 85 Pounds Running

Dean Williams is featured in the Dec. 2012 issue of Runner’s World Magazine for losing 85 pounds in six months thanks to running.

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. 

Belinda Rachman, Esq. November 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
He had weight loss surgery which was probably the primary reason he lost that much weight so fast.
Dean Williams November 30, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Hi Belinda, weight loss surgery was a reason but not the primary reason I lost "that much weight so fast". Running was the catalyst and was part of an overall change in my lifestyle, which also included a change in diet. Surgery alone does not make a person "fit".


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