Thought I'd post on this one as it seems to be the new ITB thread... Great news that you're getting some answers and treatment NickL!
Well, wanted to update the status of my own ITB problem... I previously posted on another thread that strength training seemed to be alleviating mine which now I think has been proven. I've had a week off the gym with a really bad cold and went out running yesterday morning. Guess what? The pain is back! Not quite as bad as before, but there it is. Also I found that if I flung the bad leg further out behind me as I ran, it seemed to relieve it a bit, probably because of the stretching action.
So, I'm off the the gym later for some serious squats! Fingers crossed that once I start the weights again, the ITB will start to feel better again. I'm sick of 20 minute runs!
It sounds like you could also benefit from a run/walk approach, Therese. If you can manage between 8 and 15 minutes, it would make sense to have runs of 4-5 minutes with a short walk break, prehaps start with one minute or so and reduce it as you get stronger. Doing without a walk break in the first part when you feel strong and enthusiastic will no doubt lead to feeling burnt out and giving up 10 minutes later. If you've been out of action for a while, chances are your fitness needs to be built up gradually- give yourself a chance! Remember that half an hour run/walk is improving your fitness much more than 10 minutes running yourself into the ground and giving up, in so many ways- you don't want to end up dreading it. Good luck!
Here's a couple I found when I googled 'Running headband, there looked like there were quite a lot, but soon there will be no winter kit left so I'd get one soon if you want one. Personally I prefer these to hats as they just keep your ears warm and not your whole head.
Let us know how it goes! The bunging should stop the wind swirling into your earholes but I think the bands/ hats are better as they keep the whole area warm preventing that cold achiness. I think part of it comes from the cold air you're breathing in, but if you can limit the effects by keeping the ears warm on the outside it's sure to limit the effects... Have a look about as there are a lot of clearance sales on the winter accessories and kit at the moment.