I recently had the chance to chat with renowned athlete and track&field coach Liz Wort, a collegiate star-turned-coach at Duke University who is now coaching track and field at TCU. Liz tried a pair of our new currexSole RunPro insoles for runners (and everyone else), and we wanted to know what she thought about the insoles, about coaching, and about being a runner. Enjoy this interview!
Insoles and Beyond: Have you ever used insoles in your running shoes before trying the RunPro? What first drew you to using inserts for your running shoes?
Liz Wort: Never used insoles but have always needed structured shoes because I overpronate and have flat feet. I wear Nike shoes now because that is the shoe company we are sponsored by at TCU and the Nike training shoes don't provide as much support. The Nike shoes with the insole have been a good option! I also like the insole with my Asics shoes, which is what I am wearing now.
IAB: What do you think of the RunPro insoles?
Liz: Very comfortable!! Not overly supportive but a very nice supplement to the support already in my shoe.
IAB: What are some of the biggest benefits of the RunPros?
Liz: Just enough cushioning to support your foot, but not too much. Sometimes insoles or orthotics can hurt your foot because they offer too much correction and these do not do that.
IAB: CurrexSole says the secret to its RunPro insoles is the Dynamic Arch Technology (DAT), which is designed to keep the foot in the optimal position. How did the DAT affect your stride, stability, and/or efficiency?
Liz: I believe the DAT in the RunPro helped support the inner arch of my foot, which I tend to roll in on. By keeping it supported, that allows my shin and knee to fall into a comfortable stride that doesn't put strain anywhere.
IAB: The RunPro comes in three different arch heights. What do you think is the importance of having the arch height option when selecting insoles?
Liz: Everyone has a different foot and a different stride, and I know that I personally need different support than someone who has a foot with more natural arch (I have very flat feet) or someone who doesn't pronate as much (I am a big overpronator).
IAB: Would you recommend the RunPro line to your students and colleagues?
Liz: Yes! I think it can offer excellent supplemental support to the right kind of shoe/person.
IAB: What are some of your favorite moments (or achievements) as an athlete? as a coach?
Liz: As an athlete: competing in the Olympic Trials and NCAA Championships (in track and cross country, especially my senior cross country season when our Duke team placed 3rd at NCAA's and won back-to-back ACC and NCAA Regional Championships--that was fun!!), as well as the Penn Relays. As a coach: watching Duke teams win Penn Relays titles and coaching an athlete to a 10k NCAA individual track & field title.
IAB: Why do you run?
Liz: I love to get outside and breathe the fresh air and it helps me get some of my energy out! It clears my mind and gives me some "me" time for my day or if I'm running with friends it is a fun social experience! I also love to explore new places and you can see some awesome things via running that you can't see any other way!
IAB: What are your coaching aspirations?
Liz: I always want to develop each athlete I coach to their fullest athletic potential – help them grow as a person, learn how to overcome failure, set high goals and do the hard work required to chase their dreams. In terms of outcome results, I always aim to have as many athletes as possible scoring points at the conference meet or becoming NCAA All-Americans.
Thanks, Liz! All the best to you and your team!