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These Boots Were Made for Walking

By Debbie Kaufman

These Boots Were Made for Walking. Do you remember that song?  Nancy Sinatra first made it famous in 1966 and it’s considered by some to be one of the top 15 classic rock songs of all times.  Most of my generation can call to mind the the chorus lines: These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do, one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.  It’s such a classic song of empowerment for a woman done wrong, and like a lot of oldies, but goodies, it stays in your head to pop out at the oddest times.

But this post isn’t about boots, or some man doing me wrong, as you might have guessed from my picture. No boots for me, just some new running shoes. Yesterday, during my before-the-crack-of-dawn run, my subconscious dredged up another of those classic, catchy tunes of my youth. Keep reading and you’ll see what a wicked sense of humor my subconscious mind has….

I’ve been working on a running program call the Couch-to-5K, a great program for those of us with more experience with the TV remote (or the computer keyboard in my case) than exercise.  After many stops and starts, and no, I won’t tell you how many, I’ve finally gotten out of a complete week one and into week two. (Mostly thanks to my new “zero” running shoes from NewSole Running. Thanks, Dave!)

So yesterday, I’m heading down the roadway, and since it’s a Sunday, it’s only me, the road, the barking dogs, running in the dark.  Okay, running and walking, but I’m doing it.  I got over halfway through my run and I finally felt successful, one of those “I can do this moments.”  Keep in mind that I was moving at a pathetically slow run pace that I gratefully alternated with walking, but I was making progress.  And then it happened, the lyrics to another classic song started running through my brain.  Do you remember Roger Miller (and later Dean Martin) singing King of the Road?  If I’d had the extra breath to laugh, I would have.  My brain had dredged up a song about a hobo with nothing really to show for himself proclaiming that he was king of the road.

Just goes to show you that it’s all about perspective because, at that moment, I did feel like the king of the road.  I had made it to week two, I was running each sequence without skipping, and I knew I could keep going.  Good thing too, because I run/walk my first 5 K this weekend.

The songs we grew up with are funny things.  The music and the lyrics implant themselves in our brains only to surprise us when we least expect it.  Do you have a song like that?

Just for fun, I’ll leave you with Roger Miller and his 60’s hit, King of the Road.

Susan Carlisle - February 4, 2013 - 9:06 am

I’m so proud of you. Songs come to my mind all the time. They make me smile and move faster. My college teacher play the theme to Rocky when the class had to run the mile around the coliseum at college. I had no trouble making it.

Pam Asberry - February 4, 2013 - 9:12 am

Go, Debbie! My brother, his wife and I ran at least a 5K every month last year and we had a blast. Incidentally, “These Boots Were Made for Walking” was the first 45RPM record I ever bought. I wish I had hung onto it; it’s probably worth money now!

Marilyn Baron - February 4, 2013 - 10:55 am


I do remember These Boots Were Made for Walking and King of the Road. Songs come into my head all the time, too many to mention. The latest one is from Showboat called Only Make Believe because I heard it on the radio on Sunday on a ’40s show.

I probably need a pair of those running shoes since I’m a couch potato or rather a computer potato.

It would be nice if staying fit was as easy as buying a new pair of shoes.

Congratulations on your fitness program.

Sandra Elzie - February 4, 2013 - 10:58 am

Like Susan, I’m very proud of you…for getting out there and doing it as well as committing to do that first 5k race. Go Girl!

I also know what you mean about songs popping up to remind you of earlier years. King of The Road reminds me of High School Choir…we sang it… but when you cross the line on your first 5k, you should be singing We Are The Queen… (just substitute “I Am A Champion”)

Debbie Kaufman - February 4, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Hey Sandy, let me cross a finish line and then maybe I’ll adopt that song, LOL!

Debbie Kaufman - February 4, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Hey Susan! I’m putting together a music play list for my running. I may have to add Rocky!

Debbie Kaufman - February 4, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Hi Pam, I’ve seen your pics and posts on your Facebook and knew you were running. My Zumba king hubby took it up recently and I’m making the effort. We’re running together this Saturday. Oh, wait, not together, really. I expect he’ll get to the finish line about 30 minutes before me :)

Debbie Kaufman - February 4, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Marilyn, if the shoes just being in the closet would do it for me…. You’ll have to come walk with me some time soon :)

Jerrie Alexander - February 4, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Ha! I heard that song on the radio one day and used it for the title of my very first book…you know those books, the ones hidden away where no one will ever read it!

Maxine - February 4, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Yay, Debbie. I am happy for you! I don’t walk every day, although I should, but I do make myself get up a few times a week. Still don’t like it. I’ve wondered how these people that are addicted to running get that way.

Hildie McQueen - February 4, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Great job Debbie! Once it becomes a habit then it’s gets easier. At least that’s what I’ve heard. I need a chair to something workout myself! Keep up the great work! 8-)

Debbie Kaufman - February 4, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Hi Jerrie, LOL! Exactly the same here. I run before the sun comes up because I should never be seen doing this :)

Debbie Kaufman - February 4, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Hey, Maxine. I’m not sure I’ll ever be an addict, but I’d like to be one :) Better than always forcing myself out the door!

Anna Doll - February 4, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Love those songs and so proud of you, Debbie! I tried the C25K last year and ran two 5Ks…I need to get started again, but the weather is not conducive to a good run for me.

One of the things I learned is that walking fast is every bit as good as running. The first race I hurt my foot from running the week before and barely dragged myself across the finish line. Now I don’t run the week before a race, I just walk fast. And each time I’ve beat my time by 2-3 minutes.

I hope this first race is the beginning of many more! Maybe we need to have a Petit Fours and Hot Tamales 5K…!

Debbie Kaufman - February 4, 2013 - 8:10 pm

Thanks, Hildie. Hoping to be consistent enough to get to the habit stage.

Debbie Kaufman - February 4, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Anna, you mind reader! I was just talking to Sandy about getting a group of Petit Fours to run together for a publicity stunt! Tie those laces and get back at it, girl :)

Mary Preston - February 5, 2013 - 2:58 am

I now have the song in my head. I don’t run at all, but I could walk all day. Good luck with your running/walking. A good pair of runners makes all the difference.

Carol Burnside - February 5, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Great job, Debbie! Keep up the good work. The right shoes are key.

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