This is supposed to be FUN?! Why didn't you tell me that sooner?
Actually, that reminds me of something: why does everyone say "fast AND light" as though the two are linked? I'm definitely in the light category (not ultralight, but light), but I'm definitely not in the fast category. Does that mean I'm doing it wrong? Can I just be light?
The answer, of course, is yes, you can be slow and light. In fact, if i weren't light, I'd be even slower. And more tired. Likewise I hike with some twentysomethings who don't worry about pack weight; they are, in fact, fast and heavy. (I didn't say I hiked with them for long; we just start out together, and I watch them fade into the woods ahead of me.)
It just bugs me that advertising treats fast as inseparable from light, when there's really no connection.