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Good interview. Only concern to me was Tuohy saying 3k record her next goal.
Initial reactions are that Cain seems to have a very good head on her shoulders, sounds at peace with the current situation, and has very much not given up on becoming great again.
Tuohy sounds like a 15 year old saying what she feels like she's supposed to say. That shouldn't be a surprise, but sometimes it's hard to remember that despite all her success she really is just a 15 year old girl.
Best of luck to both.
Did you actually read the article? To me she was quite clear:
1) She has no opener picked out, because it is an "off year."
Cain, " I just plan on being a little bit more flexible with my season, being a little bit more go-with-the-flow when it comes to races since it’s gonna be kind of fun in that there’s no big, hard peak. It’s kind of more like jumping into different races and exploring the circuit and getting back into it in that sense." In other words there is no predicting what the quality of the field will be in any given race until just a few weeks before the race. She will pick her races closer to the day rather than five months in advance.
2) She is foggy on when her injury was last year. She says she was hurt in May 2017 or the summer, .... There would have been time for a few races before then.
Cain, "Yeah, I ended up getting a stress fracture in my shin because I ran through a calf strain, which I shouldn’t have done. .... I had gotten a fracture maybe in May  or something." She was injured before the stress fracture, therefore before May.
3) She said she just started running again "a few months ago" which seems odd if her injury was 7 or 8 months ago. Shouldn't she have been at least doing base work starting in the late summer?
Cain, "I’ve been probably training for the last few months and just kind of building up slow from there. Started off more on the cross-training front and now just kind of transitioning back [to running]." What she said is totally different to what you interpreted. The length of her recovery will depend on the severity of the stress fracture, its exact location and its potential for re-injury. The world is full of runners who tried to do too much too soon after an injury.
I am sorry but I do not see any red flags here, just a level headed person getting back into running after a couple of years of set backs.
I guess you avoided the part where I pointed out that an "off year" only matters if you are a world class athlete for whome worlds/olympics matters.