Our day out in Williamstown

It was a really nice sunny day and to take a break from the marathon training, we decided to head out to Williamstown Beach. Easiest way to get there was by train which is what we did but we also wanted to experience the ferry.

The ferry service was $20 into the city. Normally it is $22 but we bought ours online entitling us to a 10% discount. The ferry is huge and there were some good views of the sea. The ride into the city was 45 mins and we did enjoy that. There is tea and coffee on board some services for passengers.

The last trip from Scienceworks into the city was great and we enjoyed sitting outside and feeling the seabreeze.

We enjoyed waiting for the ferry by the pier as it was a nice sunny day and it was lovely to smell the seabreezes and see all the boats go by.

The ice cream at the Ice cream shoppe in Williamstown was great. Here I had the apple gelato and the limenetto. They really know how to make their ice creams since they have won a few awards at this years Royal Melbourne show. Like other ice creameries they are cash only.

Do come to Williamstown on a lovely sunny day to explore the town.

Week eight of the Melbourne Marathon by Akira

This week we have done 12-13 kms of 21kms and am finding it hard now.

This week my friend Katherine found it really hard to get her period. In kms 9-12 she found it really hard to maintain good fat levels hence the maybe skipped period (acutally it came on Sunday- the 37th day)  On myfitness pal it said that she had been having 50-83 g most days a bit on the low side. She found it hard to get warm.

Then it was cold one night and she could not sleep. The next day she burnt 700 calories and so did I. We both had pasta that night- I had the pollo and she had ratoutuille  with olive oil, salami and prawns. We had it at this place called Vapiano where they give you a card and then you swipe it everytime you order a meal. Our meals were free ( we have both joined the  club- this is a foodies club at Vapiano where new specials come and go) except for the extras and her red wine which she wanted to go with her pasta. It actually brought out the best in her pasta.

Then on Sunday she ran really slow due to her period and found it hard to catch up. In the end we went to St Kilda Esplanade market where there lots of dogs and goods.


Week seven of Melbourne Marathon by Akira

This week we did a lot of reading about how to run hills and it said that you have to run them at a slower pace. Checked out the course map and it said no Anderson st but Birdwood st will be featured which is a hilly part.



Watched the London marathon and although we are not elite we learnt that it was hard without the right balance of nutrition. We are at the 12km point now and boy is it getting hard. I literally had sore legs this morning as I got out of bed. Without the energy gels getting to my recommended 300-400 g of carbs is quite hard.


Going to the Hamodova cafe which is a part of Couch that feeds the homeless and one of them had mental problems. I guess homelessness is what causes some of the mental problems within people.

Had to do a wee outside (not in the toilet). I know its not pleasant but had to be done. I have read online that this is quite normal to do that when there is no bathroom (or a huge line to one).  I wasn’t perfect the first time as I had some pee on my pants (not much though) but still. Will have to perfect it come race day.

Week six of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon by Akira

This week I trained both morning and night. This week I burnt 600 calories doing some tough runs and my muscles are still the same rate at 41.7 kgs. I did however lose a little bit of water though and was really sleepy.

Had a smoothie one morning at one of RUSU’s free breakfast days. It tasted really nice. Now if they’d offer up that every morning it would be great.

I got a lot of sleep but maybe not enough sometimes.

Started doing some of the trainings in the morning to get used to racing on race day which is at 8am on a Sunday. Trained with Sole Motive this week and found out that they were really hard runners. Most of them are running in this marathon which is great as I’ll have some support tmo fall back on.

I also found out that about 30,000 runners take part in the race, some of which are brand new.

I decided to venture to Hampton beach to try something new. It was really hard all those hills. I got sore legs after climbing them. Imagine doing this in ten weeks time.

What do you do to combat sore legs on a hilly area?


Week four of Melbourne Marathon training by Akira

This week I have had a bit of a cold. So far have been coughing up lots. It wasn’t so bad that I had to stay home and not run, it was just a sniffly nose and a cough. I took some medicine for it of course.


This week was one of the coldest weeks in Melbourne  but I still ran on. It was one of the toughest.  In the end I got up to 8km in just over an hour. There weren’t very many sunny days this week but I got by.

This week I did more strength exercises such as push ups and lunges to help me keep my muscles whilst running

Nutrition wise I have been okay. Same as with sleeping.

Week 2 training for Melbourne Marathon

This week was a sunny one hence training was a little bit easier. I burnt around 400-500 cals per hour of running. It was a little bit more intense. I went to the coast for a change of scenery.

This week I have noticed my toenails bruising- this was due to all the hard running I have been doing. Luckily though I have had a few days of proper rest and lots of calcium for strong bones. In fact I have had two glasses of milk a day and some yoghurt.

I have also noticed some dehydration- my skin looks fine but I feel it at times as I am sweating a lot. It is winter afterall and I have the heater on as I am writing.

After a few 9km runs done in a few short splits I was tired and this is only week two. The worst is still yet to come.

Week one for the Melbourne Marathon: Beginning

The Melbourne Marathon is on this year and I cannot wait to start. It is about 16 weeks until the start of the marathon and I have already done some training in my field for the 21 km race. So far I got up to 7.5kms and I have been doing a beach race.


image by chiukatherine on Instagram


It is winter in Melbourne and it is hard to sleep at night. It is freezing cold. Even then I am training in the freezing cold night around 5-6pm where most people are heading home on their usual train or tram and not even walking. In the last year or two I have been walking lots and going to the gym lots. Most people can’t be bothered and hence they are unhealthy. #motivation.

As for food I try and eat very healthy during the day and leave all the pigging out until after the race. Why you may ask? Is because I sometimes get things known as runners trot due to the fatty fried foods before training. My stomach (and possibly yours) cannot digest these foods fast enough. Running sometimes might leave you out of breath and with indigestion. Oh and give up the alcohol- leave that until after the race day. Alcohol is said to damage your muscles and dehydrate you. Also you cannot function properly during training with alcohol in your system. If you find it really hard to give up on the alcohol altogether just try some small cutbacks each week until you are used to it. If you have to drink one glass make sure that you drink another litre of water before.


Tea. Image by chiukatherine on Instagram


Don’t forget to stay hydrated. As a human you need about 1L per every 25 kgs you weigh. Now I have started this water thingy waaay before the training for my race hence I am used to it. If you are not used to this gradually drink one litre and then add more as you go.  Water helps to get the toxins out of your system. Don’t forget your water bottle. You can buy them from us and we sell 2L bottles.

Stay tuned for week 2 post!

What healthy habits that students neglect during studies

Students in the lead up to exams you might neglect some good habits in order to study. These are some of them which will assist you with a healthy mind and body. After all you would not want to be run down just before the exam.

Exercise or lack of movement


Atthe gym. Image courtesy of chiukatherine on Instagram


Fitness gurus say that 20% of your day should be made up of exercise and that is true. Exercise does not have to be boring or expensive. It could be a jog around the block or a fitclub.


You would need about 7-9 hours of sleep per night so if you are staying up late to revise then your body will pay for this later. Can’t sleep? Maybe not moving enough or having too much caffeine or a very full stomach might be why. Or you might be stressing too much about something. Proper sleep hygiene is important so make sure that you have plenty of time to relax before bed.

A healthy diet


During exam time many students neglect this as they don’t have the time or the money to cook. A healthy diet is a must for a healthy and clear mind.

This is a must for any student. Is buying from the supermarket not your thing? What is your budget like?  Here in Melbourne we have the markets, organic shops, cafes you name it. There is something to suit everyone’s budget.

Social interactions

How many friends do you have? Have you joined a club or society? Do you have friends in the same course as you? If so you might want to have a few study groups where you can exchange ideas and test each other.

This is a great way to clear the head

What are some more good habits for students to take? Do leave some comments below


Lets Move 365

Many people find it merely impossible to move each day due to the time constraints and lack of motivation. We learnt in a seminar about health that Australia has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Gyms are expensive and are always money hungry.


Lets Move 365 is a yearly challenge where you move each day. Here there will be different moves each day like walking, running, gym and fit club. We hope that this challenge will motivate you to become a better version of yourself. By that we mean a healthier version of yourself by the middle of next year.


We will also talk about the 80 percent of nutrition as well. Here we will do some simple food posts. We will try to feature some of the recipes with Herbalife nutrition but sometimes that is impossible.

Do follow us on our journey and if you want to lose weight or just become a better version of yourself then do email us at: newintstudents@gmail.com or leave a comment below and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.


Piers festival by Akira

Australia is a multicultural country and we are proud of our herritage. We are also proud of our rich history which goes back to the late 1788 when Australia was first discovered. The first migrants didn’t come until 1950 and now today there are many migrants in Melbourne and Australia.

I remembered reading and learning that the Greeks went to camp in Bonegilla when they first arrived. Here they learnt English and other skills needed to look for a job. Many of the migrants came to be successful as of today. Some of them are restauranteurs.

And it is here that we celebrate all things migrant with a day called “Piers festival” at Port Melbourne which is only a ten minute tram ride from the city. It was such a lovely day that everyone enjoyed the sunshine and the free entertainment. This was a free festival for all.

Whilst everyone enjoyed the food bought at the main stalls, I really loved my Egyptian plate ($6- $5 for the plate and $1 for the two donuts). It was healthy and was fufilling. I really liked the little donuts and the falefel. But the only thing that I would have enjoyed more was eating it with a fork. The Egyptian stall had no fork but toothpicks and eating the food with the toothpicks was incredibly hard. and messy.

But still I had a good time just roaming around the place patting the dogs and telling my story on the board. The turkish band was the best. Also there were many kids activities for everyone such as free dancing and fun in the sun.

Pieogi Pierogi was there and they had their Polish dumplings for $10. It was a tiny serve. Other foods were either fried or too sweet. I am on a health kick so not a lot of fried food for me.

Many thanks Multicultural Victoria for putting this on and do celebrate Migrants day where ever you may be