runners guide

One of the major difficulties Minho experienced in training Thomas was learning to distinguish between him pretending to be stupid just to get people off their guard, pretending to be stupid because he couldn’t be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn’t understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid.
—  Ava Paige

All runners should have some form of identification on their person at all times. You may not think you’ll need it, but when you leave your wallet in a helicopter mid-crash and SOMEONE starts to get suspicious, you’ll be wishing you’d taken some time to grab your ID from the burning wreckage- I mean, your trunk.

Out of Shape Runners Guide

Out of Shape Runners guide to the first day. This is to help those of you, like me, that are out of shape and may attempt running like I did earlier this week. There are five stages a runner goes through on the first time out when attempting to run after a period or years of inactivity.

Stage 1 - Usually only last the first 5 minutes of the first day’s run. You attain a euphoric feeling. Everything about it feels good. You feel like running every day of your life from here on out. You finally did it! You are so glad you started this. You begin to pick out tank tops in your head and start thinking about how you’re going to look at the pool.

Stage 2 - About minute 6 into the first days run you realize just how out of shape you are. Things begin to go through your head. Am I having a heart attack? Did I develop asthma? Was that a hamstring or did I step on a stick? Does 911 know your location on a cell phone? I wonder what I look like running. Oh there’s a window, let me look at my reflection. Dear God that can’t be me.

Stage 3 - About 10 minutes into your first days run. Panic sets in. You honestly wonder if you will be able to walk back. Everything hurts. Your vision is blurred. You begin to scout around you like an owl, spinning your head in every direction to see if anyone will notice you giving up, stopping and beginning to walk. If nobody saw you, then they would just think you’re out for a walk, not the pathetic out of shape person who just ran 6 blocks and quit. You begin to pray.

Stage 4 - You finally gave up and started walking. For 11 ½ minutes you gave it your best, but its just not happening. You begin to make excuses. You most likely have an infection or a cold that is causing this. It’s not your fault. It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s dusty, it’s windy. The shoes aren’t fitting right. Did I take the uphill route? Excuses turn to justification. Walking is good for you. Runners develop bad knees.

Stage 5 - Enlightenment. After about 2 minutes of walking you realize you are fine. Nothing is broken. Your breathing is normal. You notice you have not even started sweating yet. You laugh at yourself. You look around to see if anyone saw you laugh at yourself. You finish the run. Calm, collective and with the expected soreness that you knew you would have. You did it. You get home, drink a 2 liter of water and appreciate your accomplishment. Later that day, you weigh yourself expecting miracles and you gained 2lbs. Son of a *&^%$! You collect yourself and think It’s probably just water weight, tomorrow will be better.

Hopefully this helps those of you attempting to get back in shape.


Today is the 40th day anniversary of my friend and brother-in-law Lcpl Andrew Silva’s death.

On March 25th, 2014 He was headed from his parents house to his wife’s parent’s home around 1am when he was struck on his motorcycle and killed by a drunk driver.

Can you tell me how fair it is….to come from Afghanistan ALIVE only to be killed just a month after you return home? Its not fair to his wife and son, his mother and father …to his 3 younger brothers, one of which went to bootcamp with him and then had to carry his casket.

Do you know how hard it is to watch the man you love cry against the hearse that carries his brother? To watch his sister bury the man she loves? To realize his 2 year old son won’t have a father to watch him grow up?

I love you so much Drew.
There will be justice.

RIP Andrew Zachary Silva
January 31,1991 - March 25, 2014

Blind!Marinette Info dump p

Another blind!Marinette AU info dump? Another Blind!Marinette AU info dump. 

Related posts: Headcanon P1, Blind Reveal Chat POV, Blind Reveal Ladybug POV (Written by a friend)

I was going to do the Love Square Spiderweb plus the athletic part of the AU in this post but it was getting really long and I’m like nah.

  • Adrien ACTUALLY gets to eat and is a much healthier weight because of being a guide runner for Marinette. His sweet intake is still very limited/ none at all at home but his portion sizes are much larger thanks to the extra running.
    • Because of this he drops his Chinese lessons in favor of the school practices. His photo shoots also decrease because of this since being a high school athlete looks much better on college applications than just being able to play the piano, speak three different languages and model
    • He almost got pulled off from the Cross Country team once his dad found out that he wasn’t actively competing and was upset that he was just a guide runner. This was until he saw how fast Marinette was with Adrien and the coach said that they were almost guaranteed to make varsity next year
      • The coach also had to stress the importance of a good guide runner to a blind runner and that he hasn’t seen anyone be that in sync with a blind runner before. 
  • Adrien’s father is much more giving with Adrien’s schedule because of all the school athletic practices and such. He still is required to be dropped off and picked up from school. 
    • When he runs with Marinette he must explain the planned route, how long it should take them and call if they are behind schedule
    • After a lot of debate with the school, Gabriel eventually allows Adrien to travel to and from meets on a school bus much to his displeasure
      • Because of this, Adrien gets snuck junk food for after the races by his team mates much to his pleasure and he actually gets to feel like he is a normal high school student
    • Gabriel will not admit it, but he will occasionally attend Adrien’s practice or competitions when his schedule allows him to attend 
  • The duo compete in Cross Country in the fall and track and field in the spring. 
    • Marinette does the 400m and the 3200 meter races 
      • Because these races are just on a track, Marinette only needs help getting to her starting position and then is left alone. Especially in her 400m dash she is known to go well past the finish line and will do an extra half lap or entire lap unless someone tells her
    • Adrien does the 100m dash and the 300m hurdles 
      • He does NOT compete in Cross Country and is there as a guide runner as he found out about Marinette being on cross country after the tryouts finished. He joins about three weeks before the first meet as her guide runner
        • They run on the weekends to get familiar with each other and work out how guide running works but eventually it just becomes a habit
  • For some reason… there are never Akuma attacks during these competitions, much to the surprise and confusion of the high school students.
    • Marinette is incredibly grateful for this because it is much harder for her to slip away while at a meet and she doesn’t always have the luxury of carrying around Tikki during races due to the lack of hiding spaces. 
  • Chloe already dislikes Marinette but once she finds out that she is spending time with Adrien because of Cross Country and eventually Track and Field she makes it her mission to torment Marinette even more
    • She sometimes goes to practices and tries to get Marinette discouraged to stop running because she’s blind however Adrien steps in and doesn’t take any crap from Chloe. The rest of the junior varsity team agrees with her.
    • Knowing that the JV team is won over, she tries with the varsity team to make sure that Marinette stays on JV. For awhile this works in Chloe’s favor… until the first bus ride to the first meet and varsity learns about Chloe and also takes none of her crap.
    • The entire Cross Country team both JV and Varsity get super protective over Marinette and not in a babying way. They will literally tear people to shreds if they try and tease Marinette about being a blind runner
      • Marinette was worried at the start of the season that her teammates would treat her like everyone else does. But that fear gets taken away quickly as they treat her like everyone else. Except they are more verbal on the directions 
      • They all love Fleur and the team fight over taking turns on who gets to take care of him when Marinette is competing. Which is good since there are times where Alya or Nino cannot attend the meets because of prior engagements.
        • Doggie gets really spoiled during meets
  • Because of all the support she is getting from her teammates, Marinette gets more confident in the classroom and starts to fight back against Chloe.
  • The two never go full out during competitions or practice or else they fear that alarm bells would ring
    • People know that they run together a lot during the off season and on the weekends but because of being Ladybug/Chat Noir they have an even higher endurance than what their usual runs would give them.
signs as young adult novel series

aries - game of thrones (a song of ice and fire)
taurus - maze runner
gemini - eragon
cancer - divergent
leo - harry potter
virgo - artemis fowl
libra - a series of unfortunate events
scorpio - twilight
sagittarius - the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy
capricorn - lord of the rings
aquarius - the hunger games
pisces - chaos walking