Scymentress Williams, 46, has run the Cowtown Marathon every year since 2011. Her goal for this year is to run 2,017 miles. (Photo by Shane Battis.)
While Yowell wiped away tears, one 46-year-old woman let out a contagious giggle as she skipped her way to the end of the marathon. Scymentress Williams talked about how she looks forward to the Cowtown Marathon every year and has run every distance the weekend-long event has to offer.
However, it wasn't always so easy for the veteran runner who had to make some serious lifestyle changes to find that skip in her step.
"I was overweight and on my 40th birthday I decided that I was not going to take being overweight anymore," Williams said. "I started walking as a way to keep the weight off and then I got a little competitive and decided I wanted to run and I've been running ever since."
Williams before she resolved to lose weight in 2000 (left) and when she ran a marathon in 2015. (Photos courtesy of Scymentress Williams.)
Since committing to improving her personal fitness in 2000, Williams has run 30 marathons and shows no sign of slowing down. Her goal is to run 2,017 miles this year and she's completed about 300 of them so far.
Williams has kept herself in shape and said she's focused on nutrition and hydration in preparation for long-distance runs. Laughing, she said winning certainly isn't on her mind as she just wants to enjoy the exercise.
Completing these marathons makes her feel strong, she said, and now the Cowtown Marathon regular is "hooked on running."