Thanks Tom, I'll definitely continue to heed your sage advice, you echo much of what I've been told from my primary care physician, self-therapy articles and other runners. I've been using the foam roller extensively over the last few months after each run and exercise, if it was possible to track my distance on the roller I think I've rolled quite a few miles! :) As of recent I've had no real issue with my IT band on my daily runs, occasionally I'll experience slight tightness but no resulting pain, I'm continuing to strength train, stretch and run as my body feels comfortable doing right now. I'm not asking as much from it as I was last year. To prevent injury relapse I've been focusing on running quality vs. quantity, which was the case in the end of 2009, quantity was an addictive aspect of running that resulted in injury.
In some sick way misery does enjoy company, you're definitely right, which is why I feel for you, succumbing to injury just stinks. You and I are a year apart and I don't see another year as a setback, rather one more year to wise up, set a goal, build a plan and with some acquired experience work towards that end. You'll likely be in far better condition to attempt the CT or the JMT fully healed than trying to rush healing a metatarsal injury. 4 weeks may be the time off your feet in the immediate future but that's not counting the slight degradation to other areas of your body that will need to be brought back up to speed. Just be willing to accept a potentially longer healing process and don't put any specific timeline on things, your body will tell when it's ready to get back at it if you're listening.