DENVER -- Here in Colorado running could be considered the State’s official hobby, and nobody is taking their daily run more seriously than Kylee Schuler.
The Metro State senior is competing for a national championship in the 10k – 6.2 miles. It’s an opportunity the 26-year-old never thought she’d have.
Like a lot of runners, Kylee Schuler immerses herself in the sport.
“I write for Runners, race timing, work for Ironman,” she says.
She can now add metro state record holder to that list and the first female track athlete in program history to compete at the national championship.
But can she win?
In her best performance this season Kylee ran the 10000 meter race in under 36 minutes, which means she runs about a six minute mile pace--for six straight miles.
“I can’t focus on time,” she says. “Just go out and do … give it everything I got.”
This isn’t Kylee’s first go-around. She ran Division I at Richmond, but never used her entire eligibility.
Now, years after her college career, the 26-year-old is back on track.
“It’s always something I wanted to do,” Schuler says. “It’s a second shot at winning a title.”
Kylee is getting a nutrition degree from Metro State and will graduate as a registered dietician. She is planning on working with athletes or in pediatrics.
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