Run to quit

Ed Hobman

Saskatoon

56-year-old Ed Hobman was looking for a new challenge when he came across the Run to Quit program on the Running Room’s website. “I was looking for something different and it motivated me. I didn’t think I’d like it but it’s a lot of fun challenging yourself,” says the Saskatoon man.

Ed tried to quit smoking a few times but the longest he ever lasted was 21 days. Concerned about his health and the money he was spending on cigarettes, he decided to join Run to Quit. The biggest challenge was the first three days where you’d chew your arm off to get a cigarette but it gets easier from there,” Ed says. “The weekly running clinic combined with quit smoking support from the Canadian Cancer Society was just what I needed. It got me out once a week with a group of others struggling with smoking.”

Now three months smoke-free, he’s running three to four times a week and walking on alternate days. “I had never run before but now it feels so good to be active again. I found a great replacement for cigarettes.”

Run to Quit guides participants through a gentle and progressive 10-week walking or running program while providing practical support on quitting smoking. His advice to smokers who might be a bit nervous about trying the program - don’t be.

“There are so many people at different physical levels, people who used to drive a block to pick up a pack of smokes rather than walk. You’re not alone in what you’re struggling with,” he adds. He says the Run to Quit program is not about competing with each other but rather, challenging yourself to get healthier.

Now that Ed’s no longer smoking a pack a day, he’s saved hundreds of dollars and is using the money he’s saved on a trip to the Caribbean next winter. “It feels so good to be active again.”

If you want to quit smoking or support someone in their quit attempt, go to runtoquit.com

High impact quotes on Run to Quit:

The biggest challenge when I first started Run to Quit was the first three days where you’d chew your arm off to get a cigarette but it gets easier from there,” says Ed Hobman. “The weekly running clinic combined with quit smoking support from the Canadian Cancer Society was just what I needed. It got me out once a week with a group of others struggling with smoking.

There are so many people at different physical levels, people who used to drive a block to pick up a pack of smokes rather than walk. You’re not alone in what you’re struggling with,” says Ed Hobman. “Run to Quit is not about competing with each other but rather, challenging yourself to get healthier.