Wow, it sounds like you have a similar situation with me. My IT band has been giving me problems on my long runs (14 being my longest so far), but I don't think you should give up the idea of running your first marathon in October. Of course, it all depends on your goals.
If you are shooting for a specific time, it may be difficult to compete with your sore knees; however, it you want to go and "experience" your first marathon, I say GO FOR IT!! I believe that you have enough time to let your knees recover, and still be able to run in your marathon - and do well. Remember, know matter what, you will probably be very sore after your first marathon anyway.
I know that there are plenty of other marathons in the spring; however, I just wanted to give you positive push toward your first marathon. I, too, am running my first marathon in October and I am totally looking forward to it - I am almost to the point of excitement. I am taking precautions regarding my knees; and my goal is simply to take in the experience and enjoy the race.
I hope you don't have to postpone your first marathon, but if you do, don't get down on yourself - I know your day will come, and it will be everything exciting that your dreamed it would be. :-)
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