Setting a new pace



SACO – For the last six weeks or so, I’ve been meeting with a group of runners in Portland and trying to shake off the inactivity of winter and make myself a little healthier. We meet three times per week at the Maine Running Company and after a quick pep talk from one of the coaches there, we take to the streets.

There are runners and walkers of every shape, size, age and gender, and one of the nicest things about the group is that everyone is encouraging. It’s kind of crazy, but for some reason, it seems like the right thing to do. Anyway, for me, it’s certainly gives me an excuse to get in better shape and to think a little bit.

Some of the time I think about my family, sometimes my job, and often about my writing. I’m trying desperately to finish a small novel I’ve been working on for the past year and at the same time, dedicate some time and effort to this space. It hasn’t been easy, but I think I’ve come up with a solution.

I’m just going to write a short post each day in hopes that my readers will find their way here and for 5 or 10 minutes, follow along as I push on.

My running has improved with each outing and I expect so too will the writing. So thanks for listening, come back tomorrow and I’m glad to have you here with me.


David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at