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UT System Success Story

Name: Bete Su Williams
Institution: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Email Address: betty.williams@uth.tmc.edu

"Join a group and have some fun improving your health, you will love yourself so much more than you ever thought you could...

... Don’t ever think it is something you can’t do unless you try!"

Bete Su Williams
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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1. What health behavior did you change?
I started doing fun runs/walks about 8 years ago to exercise while pushing my daughter in a buggy. I liked it so well and saw all the young and old ones alike running, I gradually started running 5Ks myself. This lead to 10Ks and two years ago, I did my first ever half marathon in San Antonio. This year was my first full marathon in NYC and what an awesome, awesome experience.

2. Why did you decide to make this change?
I gradually started walking for some outside exercise. I enjoyed the various people I met on the course and really started running seriously to help strengthen my bones after being diagnosed with full blown osteoporosis well under the age of 50. Impact exercise was suppose to be good for this.

3. How did you accomplish your success?
I started out by jogging/running/walking during a 5K run and would sign up to get my ‘chip’ time so I could personally keep track of my improvements. Running became a personal goal for me to improve on and at the same time I felt good about doing something good for my health.

4. How did the University of Texas System Living Well: Make it a Priority or your Institutions resources and tools help you?
All information I get is absorbed and stored to help with my overall health improvement. The older I get, the more concerned I am about being healthy. I had my child at a very late age in life and would like to enjoy her growing up.

5. What goals and obstacles did you have?
My first goal I set was to be able to run the 5K the whole way without stopping! That was hard, but once I did, it was such a fantastic accomplishment. Then it was on to longer runs and bigger goals. I run because it is a good exercise, good for my well-being, and because it is a great stress-reliever for me! This is my time alone, away from work, away from the family, listening to my music or just totally enjoying the day outside and truly being thankful to God for my health and my ability to be able to run. I am addicted…what more can I say?!

6. Who supported you during this experience?
My support group naturally came from my family, but I got involved with the Kingwood Fit Running Training Group that has been wonderful. Over the last two years and training at 5:00 am every Saturday morning from July until January, I have gotten to know a lot of great folks who all support each other and encourage one another from one run to the next. The training group is what I joined to train for the half marathon and then the full marathon.

7. What advice do you have for others who want to make this change?
Just do it!! Don’t ever think it is something you can’t do unless you try. I am so excited about my runs, even though they are hard and tough at times, I have a hard time not sharing my experiences with others. I hope to be able to run for years and when I can’t run, maybe I can still walk those miles! Start out slow and build up to being able to run comfortably. Enjoy being outdoors and doing something good for your body. If you start, and don’t give up because it is so hard at first, get with a small running group and have some fun improving your health, you will love yourself so much more than you ever thought you could.