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pace (oneself)

To move or progress at a speed and rate that one is able to sustain until the act is completed. Pace yourself—if you start sprinting right at the beginning of the race, you'll run out of energy well before the finish line!
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pace (something) off

To take even strides as a means of counting and marking a particular distance or measuring the distance of something. He paced off the perimeter of his property and determined it was roughly 80 meters in length. The two stood back to back and paced ten yards off in opposite directions.
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pace something

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1. Lit. to measure a distance by counting the number of even strides taken while walking. He paced the distance out and wrote it down. He paced out the distance from the door to the mailbox.
2. Fig. to deal with a problem by pacing around. When she was upset, she walked and walked while she thought through her problem. When Ed came into the room, she was pacing a new crisis out. She usually paced out her anxiety.

pace something

off to mark off a distance by counting the number of even strides taken while walking. The farmer paced a few yards off and pounded a stake into the soil. He paced off a few yards.

pace (oneself)

To move or make progress at a sensible or moderate rate.
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Whilst a pacer could offer a potential performance benefit, our findings showed that paced participants experienced greater anxiety before their paced trial.
* Although the use of a pacer is proposed to offer a performance benefit, the evidence from this study suggests that being paced represents a novel run experience and may therefore require greater self-regulation through continuous monitoring of behavior against the pacer's actions.
Pacing profiles during trial 1 and trial 2 for self-paced (A) and paced groups (B).
RPE values for each lap during both time trials for self-paced (A) and paced group (B).
Trial Times (s) Control (n = 9) Trial Goal Act Diff r p 1 287 (18) 293 (20) 7 (10) .86 .003 2 290 (22) 293 (20) 4 (6) .85 .001 Trial Times (s) Paced (n = 10) Trial Goal Act Diff r p 1 326 (19) 324 (29) 2 (17) .96 .001 2 329 (36) 328 (30) -1 (11) .96 .001 Goal = Goal Time; Act = Actual Time Table 2.