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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> So, in preparation for my latest marathon (supposed to be today), I decided to do a short run on Sunday morning just to improve my flexibility and keep my "edge" up. Beautiful day, wonderful run, felt fast and good. Until I was .25 miles from home and suddenly found myself lying on the asphalt in horrible pain. I don't know what happened, but I heard a jingling noise as I went down and sort of came to lying on a random metal hoop (think the top hoop of a tomato cage - that's what it looked like), so I assume I tripped. All day Sunday I limp around the house, my left knee swollen and the cap sticking out like a goose egg. So yesterday morning I went to the doctor and though nothing is broken, a torn ACL looks likely. I'm on crutches until next Wednesday at least and am forbidden to do anything that would use my leg or put pressure on it. No running (obviously), no cycling, not even swimming. I need to do something or I'm going to go nuts. I don't belong to a gym (though I might join one briefly if I have to). I do have a pilates ball and access to workout vids at the local library. Can anyone recommend some kind of killer upper-body-only exercise? I'll definitely do some strength training but is there some kind of aerobic upper body exercise? I hope to be able to get into swimming again next Wednesday. But going from 60 mpw to 0 in one fell swoop makes Cassiel go crazy.
 

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Ok, this is going to sound a little silly, but I can see where the inactivity would definitely add to your stress level.<br><br><br><br>
You mention cycling. Do you have a trainer? If so, you can set it up, sit on the floor beside it, and pedal it by hand (at low resistance). I'd do it watching a video, myself. It's the poor man's version of one of those hand-cranked cycles, and the only aerobic upper body work I know.<br><br><br><br>
If that's unworkable, I'd join the YMCA or somewhere else that's got rowing machines. You can stabilize with the good leg and just row with the arms. (I've tried this; tiring but works well.)
 

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Thanks for the reply. I'm learning to deal with the extra stress of inactivity (sounds funny to put it that way but it's really true), but I can't wait to get back to working out again. I'm getting depressed.<br><br>
Cool. I don't have a trainer for my bike, but I'm about ready to shell out for one. You're about the 3rd person to suggest a rowing machine to me so I think I'll look into that. We have a gym not far from here. I loathe working out indoors but for the time being, I'll take anything.
 

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((HUGS))<br><br><br><br>
i know how you feel .. i am coming off a 3 month bed rest (during which i managed to gain A LOT of weight) .. at first they wouldn't let me swim or do anything either ..<br><br><br><br>
finally i ditched the doctor and physical therapist and started listening to my body .. i started slow, but i am now at the gym daily and feeling really great .. if i start doing something that causes pain i look to see how i can change it or stop<br><br><br><br>
i don't want you to hurt yourself by any means .. sounds like a recent injury so definitely take some time to heal .. just trying to say listen to your body as doctors aren't always right<br><br><br><br>
xoxo
 

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i was going to add that i really much prefer to work out outside, but in nature it is often harder to find the low impact machines that my gym offers so i am stuck behind the glass for a while ..
 

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Nice to hear from people who can understand! People who don't like to work out just don't get it (which is my whole family, except my brother, and most of my friends). Yes, I love working out outside too. Thankfully we have a neighborhood pool (it's pretty small unfortunately) which is in a nice park, outside, under the trees. This morning I got out there to swim for the first time since my injury. It felt great! Still have to watch the knee, though, and so far swimming is all I'm allowed to do. I get an MRI next Wednesday to tell me if I did severe damage.
 

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Wow. This is horrible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I can't imagine doing this so close to a marathon too. I would go crazy I think if I couldn't do any running. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
Let us know how the MRI went.
 
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