make the running
make (all) the running
To be an influential person who can manage things and get them done. You can always count on Rebecca to make all the running and see to it that all of these events happen perfectly.
make the runningset the pace in a race or activity.
make the ˈrunning(British English, informal) lead or be very active in something, which other people must then follow or join: In the field of electronics, it’s the Japanese who are making the running.
This idiom refers to the person in a race who determines the speed of the race by running faster than the others.