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Pacing means going more slowly at the beginning so that you can go faster at the end. Pacing also means going more slowly at the beginning so that you can reach the end.
Years ago runners used to run the mile by starting out almost as fast as they could go. They invariably pooped out at the end. Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier for the mile back in the 1950's by planning on running each quarter mile in just under one minute. That planning allowed him to become one of the most famous athletes of all time.