Run to quit

Sandra Wiebe

Saskatoon

Sandra Wiebe says she feels like Wonder Woman since quitting smoking May 1, 2017 and completing a 5 kilometre run. The 40-year-old Saskatoon woman attributes her success to the Run to Quit program. This quit smoking program guides participants through a gentle and progressive 10-week walking or running program hosted by the Running Room while providing practical support on quitting provided by the Canadian Cancer Society. She says the information and encouragement from the Running Room coach and fellow program participants was incredible. “They share in your success and help you when you stumble by saying ‘it’s okay’. I feel since doing the program, I can do anything. Not only am I stronger physically but mentally.

With four children, Sandra didn’t have time for a lot of physical activity but when she heard about the Run to Quit program from a colleague, she signed up the very next day. “I had tried to quit years ago because everyone was bugging me to do so including my kids and my husband,” says Sandra. “But this time I was ready to quit smoking. I went to the doctor and asked for medication to help me quit. I want to quit, I’m done.

Sandra says Run to Quit gave her the information, tools and support she needed to quit smoking and enjoy running. Now she’s running 4 times a week, sometimes with her husband, sometimes with her kids. “My family’s been awesome. When I get a craving, my son will say let’s go for a run, mom. I have a fantastic support system at work and at home,” beams Sandra.

Now that she’s no longer spending money on cigarettes, she’s saving it for a trip to Paris. She encourages anyone who is thinking about quitting to do it. “It’s going to change your life. Don’t be scared. The first step is getting in the door. You’ll be surprised with yourself.” If you are looking to quit smoking or support someone in their quit attempt visit runtoquit.com.

High impact quotes:

On reason for quitting smoking: I had tried to quit years ago because everyone was bugging me to do so including my kids and my husband,” says Sandra Wiebe. But this time I was ready to quit. I went to the doctor and asked for medication to help me quit.

On what she enjoyed most about the program: The Run to Quit coaches share in your success and help you when you stumble by saying ‘it’s okay’. I feel since doing the program, I can do anything. Not only am I stronger physically but mentally,” says Sandra Wiebe.

Advice to other smokers thinking about joining: Joining Run to Quit will change your life. Don’t be scared. The first step is getting in the door. You’ll be surprised with yourself,” says Sandra Wiebe.