It sounds like you do have IT band friction syndrome. It can be a very nagging, drawn out injury - I know, I've been there. If your Oct 21 marathon is not that critical, it might be better for you to focus on just getting back to running without the added pressure of getting ready for a marathon.
Some things that can work: 1) cross-training (stick to the cycling - it works - make sure that your knee is not extending beyond 15-20 degrees of flexion) 2) IT stretching (see Hopkinton's post)2-3x/day 3)ice 15-20 min 2-3x/day 4)anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen) 5)physical therapy (ultrasound, e-stim) 6)maybe orthotics 6)cortisone injection when all else is failing
When you try running - avoid canted roads, avoid pavement, avoid downhills. Start with low miles and supplement with cross training, build very gradually.
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