training for a relay

Remember a few months ago how I was supposed to run this awesome relay race with a team my blogging B.F.F. Marie LeBaron put together called Eat. Blog. Run.?


I trained, I got blisters, I cried, I worked really hard, and in the end stupid Lupus won and I had to drop out of the race.  I still went to San Francisco to cheer my teammates on in their amazing race, but it nearly broke my heart.

ragnar relay race

When I got home from the relay I decided that come hell or high water, next year I’m beating Lupus by running in, and finishing, a relay race with my Eat. Blog. Run. girls.

How will I do this, you ask?  By starting early, I say.

golds gym

A couple months ago I started working out religiously at my local Gold’s Gym.  I’ve never been a huge gym fan before but now I am a complete convert.  Seriously, I’m sold.  I’m going to track my progress bit by small bit in preparation for the race I’m going to run next Summer, share with you the tiny moments of progress I’m sure to make.

Already I feel a little more toned, and 100% better after working out on a regular basis.  It helps my brain feel more organized, and that’s not just me talking, there’s science behind it.  I’ll share more later, but know this, in 2011 I’m going to kick Lupus’ @ss.

Gold’s Gym donated the 1-year membership.  All the tears, blood, sweat, cursing, and whining?  That’s what I’m bringing to the table.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. beth aka confusedhomemaker :

    You can do it!! Seriously, it will be a challenge but I’ve got a feeling that you can meet it. My Grandma has done so much even with her Lupus, sometimes YES you do need to know when to pull back & take the extra time but then it can also mean you look to how to rest & overcome the challenge.

    • Petit Elefant :

      I can and I will, I feel it.

      Lupus sometimes needs a slap in the face, but this year it gave me a backhand right back.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Vanessa :

    Golds Gym has always intimidated me so I always go to rec centers and really hate it there. Someday I will get over being a baby and go to Golds.

    • Petit Elefant :

      Seriously, I felt the same way Vanessa! But now I love it, and even the meat heads are nice to me. Really and truly, I love it.

  3. Jessica @ One Shiny Star :

    Motivation is contagious. :) So many of the blogs I’m reading are doing things I can’t imagine myself doing… but it’s starting to rub off… :D

    • Petit Elefant :

      I know, I almost can’t imagine doing it myself, but it does rub off and I’m going to make it happen!

  4. Melissa :

    You already kick Lupus’ @ss all the time, so this for sure is no surprise. GO ALLISON! I’m rooting for you!

    Chris was always somewhat against weight-lifting because of the annoying meat-head stereotype, but he started & has found his passion. He loves it. He’s completely obsessed.

    BTW. You should get someone to donate an iPhone with the whatchamacallit fitness app that my husband loves. Chris uses it to track his progress & his workouts. He loves it!

    • Petit Elefant :

      I love that Chris is weight lifting, I SO couldn’t picture it, but I can totally see it happening. :)

  5. Kami :

    You can do it! …and I want to join you!

    2011 – is our year!

    • Petit Elefant :

      We’re going to do it. We really and truly are.

  6. Emily :

    I’ve been a gym rat for years. Love it, though I stick with the smaller rec centers rather than the meat market versions, but I say do whatever floats your boat and kicks Lupus’ @ss (to quote someone I know). You go, girl!

    • Petit Elefant :

      I WISH we had a rec center in this small town of mine, but until then, I’ll take the gym!

  7. Doll Clothes Gal Pal :

    Wow! I totally would like to join you! I have started training a couple of months ago. :)

    • Allison :

      You absolutely need to train alongside me! We can cheer each other on.

  8. Trainer Momma :

    YEEHA! Welcome to a wonderful world! I am a gym rat to the core. I look forward to seeing how your training goes. Hopefully, with this much prep you’ll be fine. All you need now is a killer trainer. Are you coming to Texas any time soon? Look me up and we’ll pump some iron, sister :)

    • Allison :

      Darn it, if you lived closer I would totally let you train me. I trust you 100% and I think you could whip me into shape!