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Oh, I'm sure there's doubtlessly a lot going on to get her back into competitive shape as quickly and completely as possible. I think it's very reasonable to question whether she is simply “fried” and will never be the same runner again (remember, her first Worlds was over a decade ago so it's not like her career has been a flash in the pan, even if she is never the same runner again she has accomplished a lot and lasted longer than many elites). However, it's obvious that she is not ready to throw in the towel yet.
I also do hope to see her back. I think she has been very good for the sport and the sport has been very good for her. I also hope that, if she can not make it back, she can find peace with that.
The whole pregnancy issue with elite runners is a very interesting issue. Obviously, pregnancy does a lot of things to one's body and places huge stresses on it. Some runners seem to struggle a lot with those stresses while others (Sonia O'Sullivan comes to mind as well as, on the national level, Shayne Culpepper) seem to bounce back relatively quickly and/or perform better than ever after giving birth.
I'd be curious to see some research done on both those who struggle and those who find great success after pregnancy. Could how they handle their pregnancies or running during that time be a meaningful factor or does success in coming back really just boil down to individual variables that the individuals have little to no control over? If the latter, I wonder if some of those variables could be identified. Of course, there may not be large enough of a sample size to get meaningful results from such research.