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Thoughts on Boston.

I am sad and angry about what happened at the finish line of Tuesday’s Boston Marathon.

One of the most joyous stretches of road on Earth was quickly turned into something far from that and my heart goes out to every person affected by this trauma.

Though it’s difficult to see past these feelings, I feel inspired and proud to be a part of a community who *acted* to help those in need without hesitation.

Tuesday was a clear reminder of the bond we all share and an added reason to lend a smile to those we pass on our runs.

We will never forget what happened on Tuesday and it will only make us stronger as a result.

To honor those impacted by this tragedy, we’ll be hosting a run [in-person and virtually] this Saturday morning in Central Park (NYC). If you’d like to participate, there are more details here: Yog-Boston Marathon Remembrance Run

Also, if you have any thoughts you’d like to share with our community, please email me - we’ll be posting your responses to here.

Best,
Peter
Founder & CEO
peter@getyog.com
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Last week, we ventured across the Queensboro Bridge to present at the Queens Tech Meetup in Long Island City.

After sharing our vision and conducting a quick product walkthrough, we focused our presentation on the learnings we’ve acquired along our startup journey thus far. 

Slide 8 in the presentation above outlines some of the topics we covered. We purposely left our lessons in bite-sized chunks so as to let the audience guide the conversation by what interested them most (this format ended up working extremely well).

If you have any questions about what’s included, please be in touch - my email is Peter@getyog.com.

*Also, check out these great Queens restaurant recommendations our host, Jukay Hsu, shared with us.

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Our Runs Are Real. And They’re Spectacular.

We recently heard some chatter about the Run Free fake marathon taking place this Saturday, with participants across the globe organizing themselves for the “greatest race that never was.” That’s right: Run Free isn’t actually free and you don’t really run…

Regardless of the confusion, we’re thrilled to hear about Run Free. We couldn’t ask for a better way to come together as an 80-country community.

So this Saturday, February 2nd, when the “greatest race that never was,” never actually happens, we challenge you to make it the biggest day in our history. Start a Yog or join another, just be sure to tag your point of view with #letsyog on Instagram.

Most importantly, get outside, get moving and have fun!

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NYD5K Run Recap
On New Year’s Day ‘yoggers’ across three continents participated in our inaugural New Year’s Day 5K run. 
It wasn’t our team’s fastest run together, but that wasn’t the point.
We didn’t organize this run to set new personal records (although if you did, congrats!). We set up the Yog New Year’s Day 5K to celebrate 2013 and serve as a symbol for the series of small steps needed to accomplish any goal this year, running related or not.
Individually vocalizing goals is helpful, but nothing beats having the support of other people working towards your same goal.
Accordingly, we will be releasing a community board where you will be able to post your running goals for this year and connect with other ‘yoggers’ who are working towards the same end.
We will send out a short announcement when the board is ready.
In the meantime, Happy Yogging!

NYD5K Run Recap

On New Year’s Day ‘yoggers’ across three continents participated in our inaugural New Year’s Day 5K run. 

It wasn’t our team’s fastest run together, but that wasn’t the point.

We didn’t organize this run to set new personal records (although if you did, congrats!). We set up the Yog New Year’s Day 5K to celebrate 2013 and serve as a symbol for the series of small steps needed to accomplish any goal this year, running related or not.

Individually vocalizing goals is helpful, but nothing beats having the support of other people working towards your same goal.

Accordingly, we will be releasing a community board where you will be able to post your running goals for this year and connect with other ‘yoggers’ who are working towards the same end.

We will send out a short announcement when the board is ready.

In the meantime, Happy Yogging!

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New Year’s Day 5K
Each year, the U.S. Government publishes American’s most proclaimed New Year’s resolutions. Unsurprisingly, “Getting Fit” is a perennial list member.
Trouble is, pre-New Year promises of “more exercise,” “saving more,” “eating better,” etc. are abstractions - untied to tangible goals we can work towards each day.
To combat this tendency, behavior change expert, BJ Fogg, champions “Tiny Habits,” small behaviors we can practice each day until said behavior becomes habit.
In preparation for a year of daily victories, we’re hosting 5K runs on New Year’s Day, in time zones around the world.
Walk, run, sprint - it doesn’t matter, so long as we’re out moving together that’s all that matters.
To choose the run that best suits you, click here:
 Join a Run!
See you out there!

New Year’s Day 5K

Each year, the U.S. Government publishes American’s most proclaimed New Year’s resolutions. Unsurprisingly, “Getting Fit” is a perennial list member.

Trouble is, pre-New Year promises of “more exercise,” “saving more,” “eating better,” etc. are abstractions - untied to tangible goals we can work towards each day.

To combat this tendency, behavior change expert, BJ Fogg, champions “Tiny Habits,” small behaviors we can practice each day until said behavior becomes habit.

In preparation for a year of daily victories, we’re hosting 5K runs on New Year’s Day, in time zones around the world.

Walk, run, sprint - it doesn’t matter, so long as we’re out moving together that’s all that matters.

To choose the run that best suits you, click here:

 Join a Run!

See you out there!

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Before the tryptophan takes effect tomorrow night, let’s all gather virtually for a 5K run Thursday (Nov. 22) morning at 9AM local time, everywhere.
We’ve set up a few runs for the eastern (UTC-5) and western (UTC-8) US, Europe (UTC+1), and Asia (UTC+8) to get things started, but absolutely create your own run if you’d like to run a different distance or time. You can join the runs we’ve created by clicking the links below, even if you haven’t downloaded Yog yet.
US, West - #TD5K
US, East - #TD5K
Europe - #TD5K
Asia - #TD5K
All of our “Turkey Day 5K” runs will be labeled #TD5K in the app, the same tag we’ll be using to gather Instagrams and Tweets. We’ll wrap up all of the social media “leftovers” from the #TD5K and share them here this weekend.
If you decide to create your own run and would still like to partake in our inaugural #TD5K tradition, send us an email (team@getyog.com) or tweet us and we will update the title of your run in the app and make sure the rest of our yoggers know about your run.
Tomorrow’s #TD5K will be the first of many runs we will have as a way to get together as a bigger community. If you have a run planned on Yog and would like the whole community to know about it, send us an email and we’ll make sure everyone finds out.
Looking forward to tomorrow!
-Peter 

Before the tryptophan takes effect tomorrow night, let’s all gather virtually for a 5K run Thursday (Nov. 22) morning at 9AM local time, everywhere.

We’ve set up a few runs for the eastern (UTC-5) and western (UTC-8) US, Europe (UTC+1), and Asia (UTC+8) to get things started, but absolutely create your own run if you’d like to run a different distance or time. You can join the runs we’ve created by clicking the links below, even if you haven’t downloaded Yog yet.

All of our “Turkey Day 5K” runs will be labeled #TD5K in the app, the same tag we’ll be using to gather Instagrams and Tweets. We’ll wrap up all of the social media “leftovers” from the #TD5K and share them here this weekend.

If you decide to create your own run and would still like to partake in our inaugural #TD5K tradition, send us an email (team@getyog.com) or tweet us and we will update the title of your run in the app and make sure the rest of our yoggers know about your run.

Tomorrow’s #TD5K will be the first of many runs we will have as a way to get together as a bigger community. If you have a run planned on Yog and would like the whole community to know about it, send us an email and we’ll make sure everyone finds out.

Looking forward to tomorrow!

-Peter 

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Yog Version One

Today, we are excited to share the first version of Yog with you — a new, synchronous social running app for iPhone.

When you sign up for Yog, you will have two things at your disposal: a community of runners from around the world and the ability to run with any one of them, in real-time.

We began working on Yog just over a year ago when we saw how running with other people positively affected how frequently and how fast people run.

With this insight in mind, we looked far and wide for products that would provide a truly social running experience. What we found, however, was a collection of asynchronous run-tracking apps that allowed us to share and view activities in a stream, but none that actually connected us with other runners.

So we started building Yog with social at its core, rather than as a peripheral feature. In its most basic form, Yog is a social network, only rather than exchanging status updates, you are able to run with other Yoggers from all edges of the world, together, in real-time, while gathering statistics (and some medals) along the way.

Running with other people is helpful for everyone. Accordingly, we created Yog for runners of all skill, speed and experience levels. So whether you are looking for added motivation to get up and running, or you are in search of a training partner for your next marathon, there is someone on Yog for you - just no ghosts runners.

So whenever you are running with someone else on Yog, know there is someone, somewhere, trying to push their avatar past yours…

And with that, we welcome you to Yog. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

We hope you enjoy,
-Peter, Co-founder