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pace1 [peys] noun, verb, paced, pac‧ing.
1. a rate of movement, esp. in stepping, walking, etc.: to walk at a brisk pace of five miles an hour.
2. a rate of activity, progress, growth, performance, etc.; tempo.
3. any of various standard linear measures, representing the space naturally measured by the movement of the feet in walking: roughly 30 to 40 in. (75 cm to 1 m). Compare geometrical pace, military pace, Roman pace.
4. a single step: She took three paces in the direction of the door.
5. the distance covered in a step: Stand six paces inside the gates.
6. a manner of stepping; gait.
7. a gait of a horse or other animal in which the feet on the same side are lifted and put down together.
8. any of the gaits of a horse.
9. a raised step or platform.
–verb (used with object)
10. to set the pace for, as in racing.
11. to traverse or go over with steps: He paced the floor nervously.
12. to measure by paces.
13. to train to a certain pace; exercise in pacing: to pace a horse.
14. (of a horse) to run (a distance) at a pace: Hanover II paced a mile.
–verb (used without object)
15. to take slow, regular steps.
16. to walk up and down nervously, as to expend nervous energy.
17. (of a horse) to go at a pace.
Uh, yeah, pace and pacing. No, I\’m not pacing up and down the room trying to get out the next few pages. Rather, I read through the first draft of the current novel I\’m editing. Read straight through. I felt out of breath which is not a good thing for an introspective novel about a missionary questioning how she spent her life. Nope, it\’s not supposed to move at Thriller pace.
My running pace however, needs to move faster than thriller pace if I have any hope of Boston. Thank God for Tom Petty and \”Running Down the Dream\” which puts me just over 8 minute pace. Dog isn\’t so sure he likes that pace. But he\’s on the end of the leash that doesn\’t have the vote.
He might even be awake in time for his evening walk.