Wow, It’s Been Quiet

June 26, 2012 Steve Hawley

Have you heard the crickets?  I’m not surprised.  The one thing you can count on when the blogs run thin is that we’re very busy and that there are exciting things on the horizon.  I can’t talk about those things yet, but I can tell you about another thing that’s been taking a lot of my time.

One thing you should consider when you are a software engineer is your health.  Seriously.  Software engineering is a sedentary job.  This is unfortunate, but it is what it is.  It is then your responsibility to take care of yourself.  When you are in good physical condition, you are more relaxed, you sleep better, you think better, etc.  But there are times when we are in crunch mode and can’t exercise, right?  Nonsense.  First, crunch time shouldn’t exist – I believe it is the result of poor planning.  Second, if you’re under the gun, you should absolutely sleep and exercise.  You’ll introduce fewer bugs.

Atalasoft has a lot of runners.  We have three people who have run marathons, a couple people who are doing roller derby, and so on.  Being active is part of the Atalasoft engineering culture, for sure.  Last year, I did the couch to 5K program and found it worked quite well.  I did the routine with two other coworkers, which was nice.  This year, I did a crazy thing.  I’ll fill you in, but first let me give you some background.  This is my daughter, Alice:

She is a funny, energetic 9 year-old girl.  She also has Down syndrome.  It’s been a challenge to be a parent to a child with special needs, to say the least.  Fortunately, there are organizations all around the world for helping people with Down syndrome and their families as well as their educators.  In Massachusetts, we are involved with the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, which has been invaluable in helping us and other families in the state.  I can’t imagine trying to navigate through life without their information and guidance.

This past spring, they announced that they had secured a handful of slots in the Falmouth Road Race.  The race is a highly competitive 7 mile race held in August in Falmouth, Massachusetts.  The catch?  Runners under their name need to raise money for the MDSC.  To me this is a slam dunk.  So since early March, I have been training to get my distance up to 7 miles.  For me, this is no small feat.  Even though I did 5K last year, I lost that in the fall and winter due to circumstances that were beyond my control.  Fortunately, training has been going well and though I will not run the entire distance (I will be running .75 miles followed by .25 mile walks), I will complete the race.  Currently, I’m at 5.5 miles and on my last training run, I felt that even if I had to walk mile 6, I could finish the race.  This is a nice confidence-building moment.  In four more weeks, I should be at the 7.5 mile distance, well-enough past the 7 mile range.  Please consider donating, even if you are not a Massachusetts resident.  Any donation is tax-deductible and will help parents learn to raise their children to be healthy, self-advocates as well as helping educators learn to be more effective.

About the Author

Steve Hawley

Steve has been with Atalasoft since 2005. Not only is he responsible for the architecture and development of DotImage, he is one of the masterminds behind Bacon Day. Steve has over 20 years of experience with companies like Bell Communications Research, Adobe Systems, Newfire, Presto Technologies.

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