Coach Daniel “Doc” Love
Daniel Love is a running coach based out of Corydon, Indiana offering online and in-person services for all types of runners. Daniel has extensive knowledge on injury prevention and return from injury training plans along with the latest in exercise science research. With 9+ years of experience coaching novice and experienced runners alike, Daniel can come in to work alongside you to help you reach your goals!
“I did it. I nailed it. I am very tired but feel freaking awesome!!!”
– Client after completing a key workout
Few things will bring a smile to a coach’s face faster than a text like that one! That’s the reason I am doing what I am doing. I love being able to play a small role in helping others achieve their goals, especially when it comes to running. That’s why Running with Doc was created. Whether it’s working with brand new runners or the most experienced veterans, I want to help create moments where people “feel freaking awesome”.
I have been a runner since I was about 12 years old. Since that time, I have never really had more than a few months at a time where I wasn’t at least somewhat regularly training.
Often I have found myself running in order to enhance other areas of my life. In high school, I ran competitively in order to be in shape to become the NBA basketball star I always knew I would be. In my early college days, I ran in order to be in shape to play competitive intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee. And finally, in my later college days, I started to run for the sake of running itself and have continued to fall more and more in love with the sport. Over my time as a runner, I have raced in everything from the 400m to a marathon and don’t see a future where running is not a major part of my life.
During my time in graduate school, I completed my capstone project on video gait analysis techniques for runners and created a workflow for screening injured runners in the outpatient clinic setting. Prior to this, I graduated with a BA in Exercise Science, which included specific coursework in sports psychology and personal training and coaching.
It was in undergraduate college where I picked up the nickname “Doc” – partly due to my interest and counseling in injuries and partly due to “Doctor Love” just being too cool of a name for others to pass on!
I have been coaching and consulting in the running field for over 8 years. I began coaching as an ACSM Health and Fitness Instructor personal trainer and worked with both experienced and brand new runners in distances from 1 mile up to the marathon. I also received a coaching certification from the Road Runner Clubs of America in 2013 with an emphasis on endurance events (racing above 400m).
During my time as a coach, I have been asked to consult with multiple high school cross country and track teams where I have completed video gait analysis, presented on injury prevention, and provided specialized training programs for athletes to complete. This has included work with Collegiate All-Americans. I have also been a speaker at Olympian Terry Brahm’s Running Camp.
Individualization. If there was just one word to describe my philosophy it is that. But I believe individualization in coaching goes far beyond avoiding the use of standard 5k training plans for each client. During my initial interviews, I spend nearly as much time on an individual’s typical daily schedule, work life, recreation and family life, nutrition, stress levels and other contributors/barriers to training as I do on the person’s running history and goals. Life simply gets in the way of running more often than not, so it’s important to plan for this … individually.
Injury Prevention. All of my training plans incorporate what I know about injury prevention and return from injury. It’s often said that a “healthy runner is a happy runner”, and I am dedicated to keeping you healthy. Research tells us that upwards of 68% of runners get injured each year. I plan to keep that number far lower for my clientele based on my extensive knowledge of the human body and injury prevention.
Variation. “Variety is the spice of life” so they say. It is also of the utmost importance in training for running.
One of the most common responses I get from runners when I ask about workouts and pace is: “I don’t know; I just go out and run”. If you are looking to run longer or run faster, this is only going to work for a short time before you plateau and stop seeing gains.
Varying the types of runs you go on – easy, base, long, tempo, speed, strength – will result in quicker gains no matter what your goal. And equally as important, the variation makes running fun. I incorporate different types of training no matter your experience to give you the biggest bang for your buck along with developing strategic training programs that work in different phases to get you to your goal!
I guess if I am going to be asking you all those questions about your life, I should share a little about mine as well. My wife and I relocated from Oregon back to Indiana in 2016 after a 6 year stay in the great West. I am a proud husband and father to two extraordinary women and a wonderful son that I love to be around. I am a Physical Therapist and Running Coach by trade. I enjoy reading, watching soccer (go Timbers!), hiking/camping, cooking, playing strategy board/card games, gardening, and trying new restaurants. I also love to get involved in my church and local community.
We lead what I would consider a pretty typical and busy life. It can sometimes get pretty hectic with a toddler running around, a growing preschooler, and two busy working parents, so sometimes my running gets thrown off just like everyone else’s. So I just wake up to a new day, pick up where I left off, and get back out there to hit the roads and trails…
For daily wellness, marathons
and every mile in between…