Aaron T. recently left a comment asking for a video of “lift before you touch,” which is one of Ken Bob Saxton’s fundamental mantras. Actually, Aaron asked if I would make a video showing this. I’m going to do that. In the meantime, though, the following very short video will show what Aaron’s referring to.
The video is from Dr. Daniel Liberman’s Skeletal Biology Lab at Harvard University (the link is also on my blogroll.) In it, you can see how the barefoot runner touches the ground, moves through footfall, and lifts off. If you watch it a few times (it’s in slow motion), you’ll see, I think, what Saxton means by “start lifting your foot before it touches the ground.”
Here’s the vid: