Lena Dunham Posts Sweaty Paparazzi Shot: 'I Felt Strong, Swift and Proud'

Lena Dunham Posts Jogging Paparazzi Photo
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07/30/2015 AT 01:50 PM EDT

Lena Dunham isn't looking at jogging as torture anymore.

Wednesday night, the actress shared a paparazzi shot of herself jogging through New York in skintight Outdoor Voices workout gear while filming Girls.

"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."

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Lena Dunham on the set of Girls

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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."

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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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.
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