Welcome to the race week runners! Are you excited? Here are some last minute tips for the days before Helsinki City Running Day on Saturday!

Don’t do anything new. Race week isn’t the time to try new shoes, new food or drinks, new gear, or anything else you haven’t used on several workouts. Stick with the routine that works for you!

Get off your feet. In the days before your race, try to stay off your feet as much as possible. Your goal is to show up on Saturday with rested legs and strong mind –ready to run! We have a Shake out Run on Friday May 17th at 6pm if you want to join! 20-30 minutes easy running might do good the day before the race. Check out more information here.

Don´t eat too big portions! It´s important to eat enough during race week but rather than devouring a gigantic bowl of pasta the night before the race, which could upset your stomach, try eating carbs in small increments throughout the day before the race. Eat carbs that work for you and your stomach!

Remember to stay hydrated during the race week. Start hydrating yourself properly already 3-4 days before the race.

Get your race day gear ready well beforehand and check that you have everything! The night before the race, lay out your clothes, and if you already have your bib, fasten it on. That’s the one thing you need at the starting line. Don’t show up without it! Also remember to take your energy gels with you if you are planning to use them.

Wear approriate clothing! We will update you on the latest weather forecast closer to the event on social media (follow @helsinkicityrunningday on Facebook). Currently the weather looks sunny and the temperature around 15 degrees celcius on race day,

Try to get enough sleep the night before.  You are probably feeling a little nervous and excited, but try to get enough sleep the night before the race day! You need all the energy to run your race!

The last tip: Enjoy and have fun! Good luck!