How to track your miles… for Free!

I use a Fitbit to track my daily steps / exercise ect… and technology is great, but I will always be a paper lover at heart. (It’s why I use a Passion Planner!)
Mileage Tracker Printable

So I’ve been using a paper tracker to keep track of my runs. The pace, mileage, weather, route ect…

Mileage Tracker Printable
And of course I wanted a good-looking tracker so I designed one for myself, and then though I’d share!

Mileage Tracker Printable

You can download the Printable Mileage Tracker here for free. Let us know if you would want to buy these in notepad form, we will see what we can do 🙂

How to Create a Runner’s Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is the perfect way to show off your race memorabilia and add a touch of art to your home. Your memories and milestones should be celebrated and easy for all to see!

Designing and mounting a gallery wall isn’t as intimidating as it looks – if this math-hater can do it, so can you! Check out Run Ink’s how-to below.

Gather all your framed pieces, (check out Run Ink’s framing tutorial if you need help!) and arrange them on the floor how you want to hang them. As pictured below, align the middle of the column of smaller frames with the middle of the column of taller frames. This contrast in sizes will give the gallery nice composition.

how to build a gallery wall

Take a piece of paper and draw a simple diagram of your layout. Nothing fancy, just some rectangles for perspective. Measure and record the width and heights of all your frames. As pictured below, I like to have the space between all the frames be consistent – in this case it was 2″.
How to make a marathon gallery wall

Pick the framed piece that you consider to be the most important, or most central to your grouping. Then turn it over (I know… big step).

How to make a marathon gallery wall

Measure the width of the frame to locate the central hanging point – this is where you will put the nail on the wall. The frame below is 11″ wide, so the central point is 5.5″.

Measure from the top of the frame to the central hanging point. If your frame has a bracket, this is where the nail will rest; if the frame doesn’t then refer to the edge of the frame). In this case, it was about .5″. From there, transcribe said measurement onto your handy-dandy diagram.

How to make a marathon gallery wall

Time to take these bad boys to the wall! Ideally you want the middle of the arrangement to be at eye-level. This of course is subjective; I’m 5′ 9″ and my husband is 6′ 7″, so our prints are always hung a bit higher than the average person. Don’t stress about the overall height too much, just start where it seems comfortable. If your prints seems off after you’ve hung them, there is always plaster putty.

how to build a gallery wall

Follow your handy-dandy diagram, and put the nails, hanging brackets, or my fav – the monkey hook, where that central hanging point is for each frame. Then mount your prints.

how to build a gallery wall

Viola! You have just created your very own, at-home gallery wall!

Questions? Got some gallery-wall tips I missed? Hit Jennifer up on twitter!

How to Frame a Print in 6 Easy Steps

Matting is a great way to upgrade your print from amateur to gallery-status. Matting gives prints more body and dimension to a smaller piece (like our 5″ x 7″ Marathoner Maps). Framing a print can be intimidating, let alone matting AND framing; but your prints deserve the best display. Below I’m breaking down how to mat your frame like a pro, from the comfort of your own home.

Buy a frame, and if it comes with a mat you just saved yourself some cash! The frame pictured below is an 8″x 10″ Ikea Ribba Frame, the gap in the mat (where your print will go) is 5″ x 7″.

If you need to buy a frame and a mat separately, that isn’t a big deal. Purchase a frame with exterior dimensions that match your mat’s size.

How to frame and mat a print

Turn the frame over and remove the back. Remove any backing board (and the mat if included). Try to do this on a relatively dust-free surface, it’ll make your life easier in the end.

How to frame and mat a print

Layout all the pieces of your matting project. Backing board, mat, frame (with glass intact), your print and your masking tape. For tape, I used archival artist tape but don’t feel that you have to. Archival artist tape is great becuase it won’t yellow over time, which is important for visual continuity.

How to frame and mat a print

Place a 1in, or less, piece of tape on either side of the top two corners of your print. Make sure there is some overlap so it can adhere to your mat.

How to frame and mat a print

Position your print so that your graphic is behind the gap in the mat, until you think it looks straight. Once your satisfied with your print’s placement, push down on the top two corners of your print with your finger tips to adhere the tape to the mat. If you are, say, good at math and measuring (something I am not) you could do some measuring on the reverse side of the mat to make sure the print is straight. I always just eyeball it because math and measuring is hard.

How to frame and mat a print

Flip the mat over and place longer pieces of tape on each side of the print, pictured below. Make sure to smooth the print into the mat as you do this, to avoid any wrinkles in your print.

How to frame and mat a print

Windex both sides of the glass with paper towel (or a lint-free cloth), and place your matted print into the frame and replace the backing board. If you keep getting dust particles, a compressed air duster is very handy!

How to frame and mat a print

Now, give yourself a pat on the back and maybe make your bad-self a drink. You just took your print to the next level. Gallery status. Look out, art world. 

Any questions or additional tips? Hit me up on twitter!



Avoid Chafe & Catastrophe with these Marathon Must-Packs

On race day you can never be too prepared – stay calm and coordinated with Run Ink’s handy-dandy packing tips.

  1. If you’re flying, pack your race day gear in your carry on to avoid any panic over lost luggage.
LuLuLemon Extra Mile Duffle Bag
Love a good duffle for carryon like this one from Lululemon.

2. Wear compression socks on your flight as well as on your race day – flying causes dehydration and compression socks, as well as lots of water consumption, can help fight the symptoms of high altitudes.

procompression socks
Image via ProCompression makers of vibrant compression socks – also the most colorful and happy instagram on the planet.

3. Bring clothes you plan on tossing – weather is finicky no matter where you are, and your personal temperature is going to fluctuate a lot over the course of the big day. Wear clothes you plan on tossing, so you can peel them off guilt-free as you run. collects and sorts discarded clothing/shoes on marathon routes and then donates it all to local shelters. Such a great idea and cause. 

donated clothing discarded at marathon

4. Pack Ziplocks in all sizes – just like packing a suitcase you plan to check, avoid soggy clothes and a damaged cell phone with Ziplock bags.

5. Just in case: Cash and forms of identification – the key really is to be prepared for any and all outcomes. Cash will come in handy if you need to take transportation back to your locker or starting point. A form of ID, like these wrist tags from Road-Id, are also a good idea. Runner Id Tag

6. Bring a pack of safety pins to the race – pin a couple to your outfit incase of any clothing rips, shoe drama or bib malfunction.

7. Bring Travel sunscreen – even if it’s overcast on race day, you will get burned. Travel sizes often come with attachment options and it won’t be a loss if you lose or have to ditch it during the race. We love this natural option.natural sport sunscreen

8. Anti chafe balms – this is a no brainer. This natural balm has a big following and is paraben free. 

natural chafe stick

10. Wet wipes – don’t get left in the lurch! Pack a Shower-Pill and you can freshen up immediately post-race, before you get well-deserved that after party beer.

shower pill athletic wet wipes

What are your must haves for race travel? Let us know on twitter so we can spread the word!

How to Shoot a #FlatRunner

Carlee McDot Flatrunner
Carlee McDot always has the BEST color in… well in everything 🙂

Select a “Hero” piece
What item do you want to feature most? Put that down first and work around it.

Create Harmony and Scale
You want visual cohesion in your post, so you don’t overwhelm your viewer. Select items that go together by either shape or color. Create clean-contrast by pairing items of opposite sizes together.

Kristen Garzone Flatrunner
Always so impressed when I see Mamas-to-be running in these “Running for Two” Shirts like Kristen Garzone’s

Use Minimal Backgrounds or Feature Minimal Pieces
You want to highlight your items, not lose them in the chaos of clashing prints and colors. Either go with a minimal background to feature your more colorful or patterned pieces, or style your simpler #flatrunner items on an eye-catching background. Wrapping paper and kraft paper make for great backgrounds, as do clean sheets, vacuumed rugs and floors.

Utilize Natural Lighting
A good rule of thumb for most Instagram posts, natural lighting is an indoor- photographers best friend.

Karla Brunning Flatrunner
Check out Karla Brunning’s flatrunner pics, she runs in the best costumes!

Shoot in a Square
This will set you up for success by creating symmetry, and helping determine how much negative space you will need between items.

Use a Step Stool
The best way to get your desired straight-above shot! Shooting from above guarantees no awkward angles and plenty of clean lines.

Nicol Handler FlatrunnerLoving Nicole Handler’s bright leggings!

Use the #Hashtag
Tag your Instagram post with “#flatrunner” because…

Test these tips out on your next #FlatRunner and tag @runinkdesign to be featured! We love following these ladies on Instagram, thanks for letting us share your photos! @CarleeMcDot, @Mellank, @FitfulFocus and @RunKarlaRun