When Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson runs his 12th half marathon in the Reykjavík Marathon event on Saturday, he plans to enjoy every moment. He might even get some great ideas. He told Vísir he tries to exercise every other or every three days, but confessed he followed no carefully planned schedule.
“My exercise has been jogging, football with friends, and I’m not particularly organized; I don’t follow any program, but just find the time, lace up my running shoes, and decide to run into the blue. I enjoy this very much.”
Guðni is pleased how many running trails there are in the capital area. He likes to listen to music while running, but also appreciates the silence. Sometimes, he practices multi-tasking and pushes one of his kids in a stroller while running.
“I frequently get very good ideas, I think, while running, for example points for speeches, articles and such. So the first thing I often do when I come home is to rush to find a pen and paper to jot things down, so I won’t forget all the ideas I got while running.”
When asked about security at the Reykjavík Marathon, he answered, “Maybe we’ll find out after the run that those who surrounded me were plain-clothed police officers, but I wouldn’t know ahead of time.”
Guðni will run Saturday in support of Landspítali Hospital Grensás Rehabilitation Center. “We should be grateful for our good health while we enjoy it,” he stated, “and help those in need.”