Gallagher, herself a former Bridgewater-Raynham Regional and Harvard standout, has more concrete hopes.
“I expect her to match or exceed her fastest time,” she said bluntly. “That’s realistic. She’s stronger.”
Holmes, though, is just happy to be back. It had been more than six months since she ran without pain.
“I don’t have that many high expectations’’ for this spring, Holmes said. “I’m hoping I can come back and be stronger.
“It’s weird to run and like it. I’ve always liked running, but to not feel any pain feels good.”