If you spend your life watching to see who is looking while you progress, you'll likely always finish last! Others will pass you to the finish line.
You need to keep your eyes ahead and not wait for the nod of approval from those running with you or wait for the crowds to notice you.
If God has set you on a path, run until you can't run anymore and then RUN AGAIN! Cross the finish line and look ahead and see another looming in the distance. You're only running the race God has for you - not someone else's directions or path. Stay true to who you are.
Keep running. Rain or shine. Uphill or low places. Run. Run. Run.