My IT band is getting slowly better. Yesterday I ran for 23 minutes before it started to hurt at all. But it needs more help.
So I got one of these: (the short one in the upper right on its end)
Let's just call it what it really is, a torturous piece of foam.
I worked on one of these when I went through the short physical therapy for my hip hurting during the marathon training. It was 2 minutes each side of hell. But, it ended up helping a LOT. So I decided it was about time I'd get one so I can start running normally again.
What you do with it is lay on it on your side, starting at your hip. Then you roll yourself along it all the way down to above your knee. Then back up. For a long time. On both legs. Ouch.
So here I go to roll away...