In Hebrews 6:20 Jesus is said to be “a forerunner for us.” Later on in that letter (12:1-2) we are exhorted to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus” who was seated in heaven at the conclusion of His successful race. We see therefore that Jesus was a runner, but also a forerunner of other runners.
Thus, we are runners following in a path blazed by a forerunner.
Hebrews 12:1-2 also calls Jesus “the author and perfecter of faith” – thus emphasizing His path-breaking role on our behalf. (One English translation substitutes “leader” for “author,” another substitutes “founder,” and another substitutes “pioneer” – all fit.)
Indeed let us run in the slipstream created by the One who loved us and gave Himself up for us.