I think I've figured out why my IT band is acting up. I read some great articles about running, many right here on Spark. Here is what I've learned.
1) I added distance too soon.
2) I added hills too soon.
3) I added speed too soon.
4) I added gravel roads too soon.
5) I didn't add running shoes soon enough.
After more reading, I discovered that
1) I should concentrate on adding distance gradually so that my body adjusts. (I guess doubling the distance, in one run, wouldn't constitute gradual!)
2) I should run on a flatter route for several months before adding hills. (So doubling the distance and adding hills at the same time probably wasn't the best idea!)
3) My competitive personality needs to be "held back" for a while and my go, go, go needs to wait, wait, wait on the speed until my body has adjusted and is ready for the "need for speed."
4) Gravel roads aren't a total "no no," but not so early in the running process. Gravel moves and can twist the joints so I need to get more miles under my belt before tackling those roads. (I love running in the country though. I feel a oneness with nature when all I hear is the birds and my breathing.)
5) I was running in "neutral shoes" which didn't have the support I need. I tend to roll out when I walk and run so a fitted shoe is necessary.
I went back and figured out that I've only been running for two months. This is where my "all or nothing" personality is a hindrance. After talking to several runners/marathoners, I feel ok not running until Sunday. It's almost like I need permission to take time off. I was even told to take a full week off after my run on Sunday. Then, to start back slowly and gradually increase my distance.
I am listening! I've discovered that running is my preferred workout. (It's hard for me to even do an exercise DVD now.) I know I can swim and that it's a great workout. But it's not as easy, or cost effective to find a pool that I could swim laps without dealing with other swimmers. I love that I can just put on a pair of shoes and go!
So my game plan is to take it "easy" until Sunday. I'll go out slowly and continue to work on pacing during the race and "kick it" at the end. I'm still working on the mental part that the time doesn't matter. If I want to continue running, I have to put time out of my brain for a while and work on form, pacing, breathing, and distance.....but, gradually!
I CAN DO IT!