Mayhem Monday: Bells and Burpees and Laps, Oh My!

What a weekend! Beautiful weather, spending time with awesome friends, and developing some new skills!

So Saturday, I went to my Kettle Bell course. 3 hours of learning how to properly swing a bell. I’ve been using one for a few months now doing a two-handed swing. And though I love it, my form is….well ugly. Something isn’t quite clicking in my brain to really get the movement down. So when this course came up at my gym, and knowing that I’m not one to back down from a challenge, I signed up.

I'm certified! Or certifiable...either/or.
I’m certified! Or certifiable…either/or.

Not knowing what to expect, I worked out the morning of, as per usual, taking it a bit easier. It’s probably a good thing my coach was also one of the course instructors so he could beat some common sense into my head kindly remind me not to be too enthusiastic because I’d need my energy later. Dude…no lie.

Kettle Bell aftermath
Kettle Bell aftermath

The course was wickedly awesome and though I’m still working on my swings, I feel a lot more confident in trying new things and continuing to work hard at it. I also learned that just because you’re not in constant movement, doesn’t mean you’re not going to fatigue. We took lots of breaks, lots of recovery time which gave the illusion that the intensity wasn’t there at all. And though this is partially true, I failed to take into account that I was still working hard, both physically and mentally (i.e. I could smell smoke…). After I got home and showered, I literally wanted to eat everything in site and then go to bed for about 2 days. I. was. spent.

Sunday, the family and I did our first ever fun run event together. It was awesome!! It was for a very good cause and there was no set distance, but rather you could just run as many laps around the part as you wanted. Perfect scenario for kids….especially when you run past a pretty awesome play structure and all attention turns to that. Hubby was awesome and let me run a couple of laps with the little Lady in the Thule jogger (our first stroller run together!). I was a bit rusty in my jogging stroller technique and given the events of the day before, pretty much felt like I was dragging cement blocks for legs and arms with me. Not sore, just tired. But it was still a great time with lots of activities for the kids to enjoy. I seriously hope they raised a butt-load of money for Batten disease.

Waiting for the go!
Waiting for the go!
Enjoying the ride. i.e. sleeping while I do all the work...sheesh.
Enjoying the ride. i.e. sleeping while I do all the work…sheesh.
Ready to rock a lap with one of my trusty side-kicks. Until he abandoned me for cooler people.
Ready to rock a lap with one of my trusty side-kicks. Until he abandoned me for cooler people.
When in Rome...
When in Rome…
Done and done!
Done and done!

Speaking of raising money…remember how I was going to post about my burpees for Romania fundraiser? Neither did I! I totally didn’t get that post written. Boo!! I’ll get to that soon. But know that I’ve set my goal lofty and I’m determined to meet it and hopefully exceed it. I want a butt load of burpees to do during the month of May. I’m thinking that if it’s true that you have to do something a lot in order to develop an appreciation for it, I’ll need to do about $2,000 worth of burpees (which would mean 2,000 burpees). But for now…I’ll start with my $500 goal. And a post about it.

I also have my first timed race next weekend! Yay! So excited for it. It’s going to be a good time!

Have a great week everyone!

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

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