Lena Dunham isn’t looking at jogging as torture anymore.
“Not usually one to post a paparazzi shot but this fills me with pride,” she captioned the post. “Basically my whole life I have hated running and run like a wounded baby pterodactyl. It was embarrassing and honestly I did not trust myself to escape a burning building or even move briskly towards a buffet.”
Dunham, 29, began jogging in preparation for the series finale of the show because her co-director Jenni Konner decided Hannah (Dunham’s character) would evolve as a runner, she said in her Instagram post.
After an hour training session with Matt Wilpers of Mile High Run Club, Dunham’s views on the exercise were completely transformed.
“Within an hour I had a different relationship to this formerly torturous activity,” she wrote. “I felt strong, swift and proud. I’m not about to embrace that triathlon life, but it’s a true joy to continue getting more connected to my body and its powers.”
Dunham, a fierce advocate for body positivity on Instagram, included the hashtag #moveforyourmind, referencing her struggles with mental health and the benefits of fitness for people suffering from anxiety, OCD and depression.
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“It ain’t about the a–, it’s about the brain,” she wrote on an Instagram post in April.