Reader Request: Running Music

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

The other day, I received the following email from a reader:

Hi Tina,

I recently re-laced the sneakers to start running again to train for the Warrior Dash (3.3 miles). Yes, I need to train a few months because running is not natural to me. My question is can you do a post on running music? I currently listen to the Girl Talk album, but I always need new and very fast powerful songs to add on. I am in a slump. Help!!!

Blog post on running music? Your wish is my command! 


I actually haven’t written about running music since I made my playlist for my first marathon, which was over a year ago, so I figured it was about time to revisit the topic, especially since the tunes on my iPod Shuffle have changed so much.

Current playlist favorites:

Old playlist favorites:

When I’m not listening to one of these two playlists (I creatively named them “Marathon Mix” and “New Running Music”) on my Shuffle, I’m listening to Pandora on my iPhone.

Favorite Pandora stations:

FYI: Pandora has a Workout genre with tons of stations just for working out. It’s sweet!

I don’t know about you, but music is essential for my runs, especially my long training runs. I know plenty of runners who enjoy running without music, but I’m just not one of them. Music makes the run for me. It motivates me and pushes me to run faster and farther. A lot of the time, my music helps me get in the zone with my thoughts, which relaxes me and makes the time go by. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without music on my runs.

I’m actually starting to get a little bored with my current playlist, so if you have favorite songs, please share! I love switching up my playlists to bring a little excitement to my runs and other workouts!


I wanted to make a Protein Pancake for breakfast this morning, but we were out of eggs, so I got creative with my Kodiak Cake Mix and vanilla protein powder. In my pancake batter was 1/2 cup Kodiak Cake Mix, 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 scoop of protein powder. It turned out great!

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I topped my pancake with peanut butter and fresh blueberries. Mmm”¦ so delicious!

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I’m off to get my run on!

See ya later!



  1. *singing* I like a girl in a short skirt and a loooong jacket. Love it!

    Pancake look delish as usual! Beats the crap outta the two eggs and slice of toasted ezekial I ate!

  2. I love reading CNC because you keep it REAL! You always manage to squeeze in some work out time or even up your already healthy food intake. You very inspiring!

  3. Definitely need music to keep me motivated. I tend to listen to a song way too much and then can’t stand it. Here’s what’s pumping me up these days (aside from many on your list already!)
    – Wild Ones – Flo Rida
    – Turn Around – Flo Rida & Pitbull
    – International Love – Pitbull
    – Young, Wild, & Free- Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
    – I like it like that – Hot Chelle Rae
    – The Champ – Nelly
    – What Doesn’t Kill You – Kelly Clarkson
    – Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
    – Ass Back Home – Gym Class Heroes
    – No Sleep – Wiz Khalifa
    – Good Feeling – Flo Rida

  4. I love the playlists! Looks like my running music is getting a makeover… I do have a guilty running song confession: I’ve been listening to Jay Z’s Ni**as in Paris/Dat Shit Cray on loop… I don’t know what it is, but it makes me want to run

  5. has awesome running mixes that vary in length from 30 minutes- 2 hrs.. They used to be FREE, but I think they are still relatively cheap. I love them!

  6. I love Poker Face by Lady Gaga!

    Some of my faves:
    More by Usher
    I Made It by Kevin Rudolf
    Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes
    Remember the Name by Fort Minor…LOVE running to this one! The chorus lyrics are the best: “This is 10 percent luck, 20 percent skill, 15 percent concentrated power of will, 5 percent pleasure, 50 percent pain and a hundred percent reason to the remember the name!”

    I could go on and on! 😛

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE your writing style, healthy eating tips, recipes, pictures and of course, Murphy!


  8. I feel like I am sick of every song! Or they just don’t make good songs to run to. Im a huge fan of 80s/90s one hit wonders! I would loveeeee if we had Pandora in Canada but unfortunately we don’t :(. Gotta stick to YouTube for now!

  9. I’m running a half marathon at the end of the month and need some more variety in my playlist so thanks! I always come back to your blog everyday because I either learn about a new recipe, a new song, a new workout to try and get to see murphy’s adorbs face!

  10. Hello tina, i just want to know what kind of protein
    Powder u buy?? And i ll finished your book in a few day 😉 i lov it

  11. I have a few songs that I HAVE to run with, sounds corny but “I just want to run” By: The Downtown Fiction “A year without rain” & “Naturally” By: Selena Gomez And to go old school there is “Relax” By: Frankie goes Hollywood 😉 Check them you and you will see what I mean!!! Happy Running ( I am thinking about signing up for the “Maine Marathon” in Oct. How far was your longest run before your race? Just ran my 2nd 1/2 Marathon last weekend!

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