pace (oneself)

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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

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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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In another match, Team 88 paced themselves well for a 3-1 win over the Rashid Bin Ammar team to keep their hopes alive in Group C.
But the ninth-wicket pair doubled that tally, Lee Golding hitting 18 and Steve Ward smashing two fours and three sixes in a run-aball 56 not out that lifted them to 140-9 Their spirited effort wasn't enough, however, as Olton paced themselves to 141-4 in 43 overs, Marc Webb notching 37 before fifth-wicket pair Michael Collins (33) and captain Gary Hawkins (31) picked up the pace with a flurry of boundaries.
"The players really wanted this and paced themselves against their opponents," Ponce de Leon said.
There were three categories at the event, including Super Sprint & Fun where competitors paced themselves through a 200m swim, followed by a 10km bike ride and a 2.5km run.
The other players had paced themselves but I was done in.
A draw at high altitude in Quito against Ecuador on Saturday was going to keep them in with a slim chance and they paced themselves in a cautious performance until they fell behind to a Antonio Valencia goal.
Unlike Monday evening, when England were dismissed for 150 by playing cricket far too aggressive for the conditions, this time the middle order paced themselves perfectly, with Shah and captain Paul Collingwood happy to keep the score-board ticking over.
Unlike Monday evening, when England were dismissed for 150 by playing cricket far too aggressive for the conditions, this time they paced themselves perfectly, with Shah and captain Collingwood happy to keep the scoreboard ticking over instead of looking for boundaries.
The reigning champions have paced themselves well, finishing strongly in recent matches, and that could tell against a Newcastle side struggling up front.
Ms Sheehan said it was important teenagers paced themselves, didn't get into a rounds system, took water between alcoholic drinks and had plenty to eat.
But the visitors paced themselves well to get the winning run in the last over with skipper Keith Newell carrying his bat for a match winning 113 not out and Lee James made 81.
The investigators suggested that patients in the 12-week group paced themselves more slowly and missed more sessions than the 7-week patients.
I look at bowlers like Courthey Walsh and Allan Donald and see how well they've paced themselves, so I know it can be done.'
They paced themselves beautifully and in those closing hectic minutes were the team most likely to cause damage.
Earlier in the day's first match, Egypt paced themselves well to outsmart the USA 5-3 despite a hat-trick from Nicolas Perera.