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EB64: The Joy of Running with the Crazies – The Maze 30k – Our Chat with Jess Chaffee


Soccer flowed through Jess Chaffee’s blood.

After college, she quickly transitioned to a sport that had many of the same special components the made soccer such a joy – the preparation, the challenge, the competition, and a surprise – the community.

Instead of cleats, Jess laced up some running tread and began preparing for her first 5 km.

After a great 5 km experience, the feeling of team, of community, further boosted her new-found joy in the simple act of running.

” It was almost like being on a team again…surrounded by a group of people trying to achieve a common goal.”

A move to Austin, Texas led to Jess’s first exploration on the trails and a last minute sign-up for her first trail race running with the crazies at the Bandera 25k in south central Texas on a course known to create a few memories and sotol scars.

“After that I was hooked.”

Having fun on both the roads and trails, this Spring Jess enjoyed a trail adventure at The Maze 30k and was first to cross the finish in the women’s race.

Credit: Jake North /

Bandera 25k / Credit: Jake North /

Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and other useful goodies for you:

  • finding that competitive outlet in running after a life of soccer
  • the joy running brings to Jess’s life
  • memories from that first trail race at Bandera 25k
  • enjoying the differences between the road and trails
  • favorite local trails
  • running the Houston marathon
  • training 5 days per week, what does it look like?
  • how consistent Yoga has helped her running
  • biggest running lessons learned since her early days on the trail
  • running reads
  • the 3 loop adventure at The Maze 30k

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David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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