Summer is just around the corner or in my case it is pretty much here already. Phoenix has been having some higher than usual temperatures but now that I have the ac on at home I can’t complain. I honestly don’t mind the heat most of the time. I hate being too cold or too hot but if I have the chance I would definitely take a warm summer day over a cold winter one any time.

Summer means longer days which to mean means margaritas! Who doesn’t like to sit outside on a hot summer night and sip an ice-cold margarita. Sunset is the best time of day any time of the year but it is magical during the summer. If I am not out running at sunset (which happens a few week nights) I want to be on the patio sipping that margarita. The sun goes down, the stars come out and bugs start their evening songs.

Summer also means bbq. There is nothing else like a thick, juicy steak done on the grill. Yes, you can grill any time but as above there is just something about the summer that makes food on the grill taste better. I love putting some potatoes in tinfoil with butter and seasoning to go with that steak. And of course corn on the cob. For some reason food is just better with grill marks on them.

I also love running outdoors in the summer. On weekends I get up early and run. I am almost always alone out there. I can just go and not be interrupted by others on the side-walk or worrying about cars. I also enjoy running by the carnicerias. I run by two on my long runs and they are just putting the carne asada on the grill. It smells so great but thankfully I am not hungry or I would have to grab some as I run by.

On weekdays I run at sunset. The sun and the temperature go down and I go out. I thoroughly enjoy watching the sunset and the sky change colors. The evening just brings a peacefulness I can’t fully describe.

I also enjoy running in the summer because I become drenched in sweat. There is nothing like getting in a good workout and sweating it out. It is refreshing in a weird way.

What do you look forward to come summer?




Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.