Lena Dunham gets a running coach: I used to 'run like a wounded baby pterodactyl'

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Lena Dunham Gets Running Coach to Get 'More Connected' to Her Body


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

The Girls creator and star posted a photo of herself to Instagram, taken while she was running down the streets of New York City, to open up about her newfound 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 part of her character 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."


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

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