And before I jump into that story, I have been asked by a couple of you to share what I am doing about my IT Band.
First, I roll on a foam roller. There are three different colors (I think) and they each express their firmness. Since I am cheap, I bought the most firm which I call Killer. It hurts... the only reason I am smiling here is because I am FAKING it. For the IT Band, start at your hip and roll all the way down, past your knee and back to the hip.... it literally brings tears - which means it is working. BTW: the foam roller can be used for all different parts of your body... Google it!
The next thing I use is the "stick". It is much better if someone else participates in this... preferably someone who does not hate you as this too invokes lots of pain.
The stick works wonders. I also will roll on a frozen bottle of Gatorade.
Back to the new shoes... so I was doing lots of research and some say that ITBS could be occurring because the shoes need replacement. While it is true I will hit 416 miles after the marathon, I did not think I needed new shoes. I only ran 4 miles today, and I tried to run really, really slow. No ITB pain, but I was definitely aware that it was there.
I also got the ITB strap.... just in case. I know that this is just a "band-aid" but I might just need that to get me to the finish line.
What do you think? Would you try to break in new shoes 2 weeks before the marathon. Note: the are the same shoe brand that I have been running in for 6 years.