updated 03/14/2014 AT 7:15 PM ET
•originally published 03/17/2014 AT 8:30 AM ET
Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring in the popular series Full House. Since the show wrapped in ‘95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She’s been paired with two-time mirror ball-winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars and she’ll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.
I’m hurting a lot today. I still have energy, but I’m just incredibly sore and beat up. It is what I expected, but the contemporary dance, which is what we’re starting with, has proven to physically be beyond what I had expected.
We’re literally rolling on the floor for some of this dance. I’ve done races and mud runs and I’ve crawled up hills under barbed wire, and I’ve never had bruises bigger than the bruises I have now from doing this dance.
I’m still so excited about being partnered with Mark. I’ve been working with him for two weeks now and he’s fantastic.
I love his personality. We’re both just kind of goofy. He laughs, I giggle, we’re having fun. He’s so patient. He’s very kind in the way that he teaches and I love that. He’s just making it a really enjoyable experience for me.
I haven’t seen everybody at rehearsal yet, but Danica [McKellar] and I rehearse at the same time. We’ve known each other since we were little kids, so that’s really fun.