A guide to the Zwift virtual running world


The virtual world is always expanding, and it now welcomes runners, in the form of the Zwift app. You may be familiar with Zwift if you are also a cyclist. This app has been helping stationary cyclists train for some time. It’s reaching out to runners now, and it’s making treadmill workouts a lot more social, accurate and interesting. Welcome to virtual running. 


The set-up process for the Zwift app is a little fussy but once you’ve connected a couple of input devices it’s smooth sailing. Download the app from your app store (Apple and Android available), and pair it with a foot pod and a heart rate monitor. Garmin fans can connect any ANT+ device, and BLE connected pods work, too. You’ll need that foot pod to send the app accurate stride information to eliminate the invariable discrepancy between treadmill distance and road. Once paired, be sure to calibrate the app using the 60 second test track.  


Because of Zwift’s cycling heritage, the virtual running tracks are actually cycle paths. You’ll see other cyclists and runners on the path, which adds a nice touch of realism (and a hint of competition if that’s what you’re looking for). There is a huge social element to this virtual running world. You can coordinate with friends to run together, or pair up with strangers on the same course. There’s even virtual running groups you can team up with.  


You can select the type of training session you want to run, which helps elevate this app from an observer-only app to a really interactive experience. Let it guide you through 400m repeats, tempo runs and speed work sessions.  


Overall, it’s a great app, but will need some finessing as feedback from the running community demonstrates how runners use the app differently from cyclists. It’s better used on a tablet than a phone, if only because the larger screen makes inputs easier when you’re mid-run. Keep an eye out for custom workouts in the future, too. Zwift is a virtual running experience that could prove interesting and useful for treadmill warriors and those looking for a more social running experience. 


About Enertor Advanced Technology Insoles –  Enertor insoles are designed to prevent a number of common running injuries and provide more comfort. Designed by leading podiatrists to reduce your risk of injury,  the unique design features support your foot throughout training.  Enertor insoles are enhanced by D3O impact protection technology, which means they can provide more shock absorption than any other insole.  Our expertise, combined with the patented D3O shock absorption technology, enables Enertor to deliver the most advanced injury prevention insoles on the market today.

Enertor insoles are available to buy from our online shop

Whilst Enertor has over 18 years Orthotics experience, our blog content is provided for informational purposes only and it is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical advice. Enertor advises anyone with an injury to seek their own medical advice – and do not make any health or medical related decisions based solely on information found on this site.

What people are saying about Enertor insoles?

  • Nathan C.

    Insoles put pep in your step.
    I have never run with any type of insert in my shoes, but that being said I did feel like these made a difference. The pair of shoes I used them in had quite a few miles on them, but I can safely say that the inserts made the shoes feel springier, peppier, and overall “newer” feeling. They still feel this way after several weeks of use and I’m looking forward to being able to try them out on a timed run. Overall, with my limited experience I would still recommend them to someone who is looking to experiment with adding an insert into their existing running shoes.

  • Anya B.

    Good support
    What I like about these is that they are less bulky than typical insoles. They don’t add much weight or require a ton of adjustment. I have been moving these around from shoe to shoe depending on the activity. They don’t work with my soccer cleats which is a bummer but I have run, cycled, and walked in these and they have been helping with foot fatigue. No change in the heel pain I have had for the last year but I have only used them for a few weeks so I am hopeful for the future.

  • Hanneke W.

    I love these insoles. They are very comfortable and give good support. Very happy and would definitely recommend!!

  • Karissa H.

    Great Insoles
    I bought the insoles during a 50% off sale to try it out. I just started running in them and had to get used to it the first few times. I feel like they give me an extra cushion during my landing. They squeak a little bit but I’m hoping that goes away after a few more runs.

  • Anthony Everest

    For Athletes
    These are a good quality, comfortable insole that gives really good support and cushioning. My only gripe is that it does make the shoe feel heavy, though this isn’t any different to the others I have tried.

  • Israel N.

    Have been using them for over a month now and what can I say other than what a great product. No more pain.

  • Mike Longson

    Fantastic and well worth it
    I’ve been using the insoles for a couple of weeks now. The only problem I seem to be having with them is that they are too thick for some shoes, as I require more support for my ankles my running shoes. When I have used them, I have noticed increased spring when I push off so there is definitely something working well with these.

  • Ed M.

    5K Nailed!
    These Enertor insoles have proven really good for me. I ran my usual 5k circuit in them last night and it felt great. They’re really comfortable and deniitely seemed to make the run easier and more effortless. They slipped into my Nike trainers easily and are a really snug fit. They’re there to stay now!

  • Rebecca

    Helped me run longer..yay!
    I have been dealing with some weird hip/knee pain running for the past year or so. I was limited to getting in maybe 3 or 4 miles before serious pain set in so I thought I would give these a shot because I have tried just about everything else short of the doctor. I have upped my milage to 9 1/2 miles (so far) with less pain than I have had in months so that was super exciting. It feels like they helped take some impact off of my knee and helped stabilize my hip. The pain isn’t gone but these definitely made a difference in my comfort so that is a step in the right direction. Big thumbs up for these insoles!

  • Jon

    Great addition for comfort
    I’ve got flat feet and I think this helps.

Shop now