Lena Dunham Gets a Running Coach: I Used to 'Run Like a Wounded Baby Pterodactyl'

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Lena Dunham has struck up a love affair with an age-old nemesis: running.

The Girls creator and star posted a photo to Instagram on Wednesday that was taken while she was running down the streets of New York City, revealing her new-found enjoyment for rapid bipedal ambulation.

Not usually one to post a paparazzi shot but this fills me with pride. 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. @jennikonner is directing the season finale of Girls and decided that as Hannah evolved so would her run, so she got me a training session with Matt Wilpers from Mile High Run Club. Within an hour I had a different relationship to this formerly torturous activity. 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. (Extra motivation provided by @manrepeller for @outdoorvoices.) #moveforyourmind

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"Basically my whole life I have hated running and [I] run like a wounded baby Pterodactyl," Dunham shared in the caption. "It was embarrassing and honestly I did not trust myself to escape a burning building or even move briskly towards a buffet."

So what inspired this change? Well, apparently it's all thanks to her character, Hannah Horvath, on Girls.

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"@jennikonner is directing the season finale of Girls and decided that as Hannah evolved so would her run, so she got me a training session with Matt Wilpers from Mile High Run Club," Dunham explained. "Within an hour I had a different relationship to this formerly torturous activity. I felt strong, swift and proud."

While she admits that she's "not about to embrace that triathlon life," the 29-year-old Golden Globe winner said she enjoys "getting more connected to my body and its powers."

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Dunham has been spending more and more time getting healthy and exercising this year, and has even said that exercising has helped her manage her anxiety.

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"To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it's mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen," Dunham Instagrammed earlier this year. "I'm glad I did. It ain't about the ass, it's about the brain."

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