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It's Marathon Project Week at The XC. Be sure to follow all of our special coverage of Sunday's big race in Arizona, which will feature some of  North America's best marathoners, including those attempting to qualify for next summer's Olympic Games. We'll be releasing daily podcasts featuring interviews with athletes competing in The Marathon Project, plus we'll be doing an instant reactions podcast immediately following the race. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for in-depth coverage delivered right to your inbox, and our Sunday Long Read.

Natasha Wodak is running her first marathon in over seven years this weekend in Arizona, at the elite-only Marathon Project race. Last time around, she nailed  a nearly perfectly even split 2:35 effort at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. That day, the national record was set just ahead of her, by Lanni Marchant in 2:28:00. Flash forward seven years, and Wodak has had a long and highly  successful career on the track, running a national record in the 10,000m in 2015 and then representing Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But Wodak in recent years Wodak found herself thinking about the marathon once again, particularly as so many women are running marathons at such a high level in North America. Today, the Canadian record has been lowered by over three minutes, and Wodak knows she needs to do something special on Sunday order to make it back to the Olympics.

Host Michael Doyle talks with Wodak about her decision to try the marathon once again, the peculiar circumstances around this race, and what it's actually like to stand at the start line at the Olympics.

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