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April 3, 2017
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April 3, 2017
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April 3, 2017
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Going the distance… Meet Han Nguyen


The things we are able to accomplish with a little mind-over-matter are astonishing. Case in point: runners. You see the passion for the sport in every body movement they make. They stretch, kick their feet around and wiggle their fingers, as if they can’t wait to start! Like the thought of running gets them in that happy zone.

We wanted to find out why do they do it? How do you get started? So we approached Han Nguyen… Han has been running since June 2013 and has 18 medals so far.

How did you get started?
After seeing my PHA results, I decided it is time have a healthy lifestyle – my mantra is “I run so I can eat”

Where was your first marathon?
1st 10k – Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole, 1st half – Brewers, 1st marathon – Chicago

Number of marathons you have run
4 10K, 3 marathons, 8 half marathons and completed 3 challenges:

  • Disney dumbo challenge – 10k on Sat and half marathon on Sun
  • Disney Goofy challenge – half marathon on Sat and full marathon on Sun
  • Disney Coast to Coast challenge – did both FL and CA in the same year

Favorite Marathon course
New York – awesome skyline

Most memorable race: my first marathon
Chicago!!! It was the worst one because I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t train very well. I hit the wall at mile 16 – mentally and physically drained but luckily I had both of my cousins running along with me.  Once I saw the “Finish Line”, I was so overwhelmed and I couldn’t believe that I did it!!!

Best part of running
Crossing the finish-line

What is your motivation?
Stay healthy, set goals, challenge myself, and travel the world

How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run?
I have to keep telling myself that I need to train and I don’t want history to repeat itself (Chicago marathon)

How many days after a marathon do you usually start running again?
Depending on when the next run is, if it is the following month then few days, if the next run is months away then 2 weeks – 1 month

Pre-race routines? (night before or morning of)
Night before: water, water and water, having all my running gears (headphone, Gu, watch, shoes and clothes) in 1 spot. The morning of – too excited to sleep so I normally get up at 4-5am – more water and breakfast

What is your typical night before the big race meal?
lot of carbs – pasta and/or rice

What’s the farthest you’ve ever run at one time?
26.2 miles

When is your next race?
Rio marathon in June 2017, Antarctica marathon in March 2018

Do you have some advice on how someone can start running?
Start out slowly by doing run-walk-run. Listen to your body – walk if you have to.

Bucket list
All 6 world major marathons (2 down 4 more to go), and 7 continent marathons (1 down and 6 more to go)

Han at New York

Han at New York



Han at Chicago

Han at Chicago




Han at Disney

Han at Disney

Thank you Han for taking the time to answer questions, we know you will complete your bucket list!

If you have questions for Han, look for “Running with Han” where he will answer your questions about running!

And look for the Running with Han Lunch and Learn coming soon!


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