Mindy Kaling celebrates reaching her goal of a 9.5-minute mile with a funny Instagram video

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated December 08, 2020 02:00 PM
Credit: Source: Mindy Kaling/Instagram

Mindy Kaling is feeling the runner’s high!

The funny lady and star of The Mindy Project celebrated running a 9.5-minute mile in a hilarious Instagram video.

“Big news! Today I ran a 9.5 minute mile, something I’ve been trying to do for 8 years,” Kaling captioned the video. “I would like to thank my sneakers, my neighbors in little Ethiopia, my alarm clock, my 4 day old blueberry muffin I ate, and my sense of panic at being out of shape.”

“Hooray! If I can do it, so can you! #runnershigh.”

The video featured Kaling striking a few celebratory post-run poses and showing off her hot-pink Nikes, all to the tune of Aloe Blacc’s song “The Man.”

Kaling’s 9.5-minute mile was likely filled with daydreams and Beyoncé. She said on Conan that she lets her imagination run wild to distract herself during runs.

“I have to pretend, when I run, that I m avenging the murder of my husband,” she explained. “I have to have these elaborate fantasies to motivate myself… I can t just be motivated by, like, ‘oh this is good for my health, I should be trim because I m an actress in Los Angeles.’ That won t work for me. I ll just stay in bed.”

“So, I have to be like, ‘Okay, what am I doing? Okay! Michael Fassbender is my husband and then we were in Central Park one day and someone stabbed him because they hated interracial couples and they got away with it and now I have to go down to Brazil and find this Nazi who killed my husband who is Michael Fassbender.’ ”

“My mind wanders too. I m trying to avenge murder and then I m hanging out with Beyonc and in my mind we’re going shopping.”

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Kaling is known for being self-deprecating and honest about her body, both in real life and as her semi-autobiographical character Mindy Lahari on The Mindy Project.

She told Vogue in 2014 that she’s “always trying to lose fifteen pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don’t want to be skinny. I’m constantly in a state of self-improvement.”