As fitspiration goes, Lena Dunham and her body-positive Instagram shots have been spurring us through sweat sessions like no other just lately.
After making a brilliant case for how exercise has helped her deal with anxiety, her recent running revelation has us racing to pound some pavement this weekend.
The Girls star noted that she doesn't typically re-post paparazzi shots of herself, but on seeing one of her running, she felt proud, and thus shared it on Instagram. Lena explained that despite once running 'like a wounded baby Pterodactyl', training to run for her role as Hannah has helped her tap into new, empowering emotions.
She wrote: '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.'
Bravo, Lena, once again for reminding us that exercise is a powerful tool for self-pride, wellbeing and feeling connected with your body. Now, who else feels a sudden urge to slot in a run before Friday drinks?
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