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Jul 18, 2014 10:18 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Local Runner Inspires Others With Quest To Get Healthy

CORPUS CHRISTI - Growing up, Tony Sheldon would often lace up cleats for baseball or golf, but he was never a runner.

It was not something he particularly enjoyed or excelled at.

However, two years ago, he found himself 30 pounds heavier and decided it was time for a change.

"That was sort of my inspiration," Sheldon says, "I knew I was at a point where I can keep on gaining weight or I can make those changes, so for me, that was my own internal inspiration."

A friend helped him with his diet and convinced him to try running.

"I looked at it as a challenge, because I never really grew up as a runner."

No one in his family is obese or diabetic.

This was simply an internal competition with himself to prove he could do it.

"I felt like that really helped me physically," he says.

So everyday around noon, the 32 year old runs down Santa Fe from Seaside Memorial Park to Oleander Point at Cole Park.

By now, he's collected a few friends and admirers along the way.

"I see a lot of the same faces," he laughs, "so I think that's kind of good, you know."

In the beginning, the route was tough.

Now, he only stops twice.

"At Doddridge and Texan Trail, and that's because there's a light there, so I gotta slow down, you know?"

Today, those 30 extra pounds are gone and his energy level and confidence are higher than ever.

Unlike a monthly membership at a gym, the only expense for him is a new pair of shoes about every three months.

His current shoes are just about at the end of their life, with thin soles and tears on the sides from heavy use.

"Sometimes I don't even notice as much the wear and tear that they go through. I just put them on."

Technically, his quest is complete and his goal is reached, but just like a bad habit, a good one is equally hard to break.

He enjoys his daily run, and wishes more people took advantage of the city's weather and scenery.

"I think we have such great weather and the breeze," he says, "I know sometimes it's hot and we got a lot of sun, but I think we should take advantage of just being outside."

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