I am a wanna belong distance hiker, but without the time to do it. I "train" walking 3-4 miles a couple times a week walking the roads with a full pack and my dog. When I get a free pass, I rarely get 2 nights so usually just an out and back, and I find myself going as fast as I can as long as I can, still in "training" mode. That's ok too, I certainly can use the exercise, but I should slow down to maximize the enjoyment of every step in the woods.
But for me it is still the dream of being a mile crushing lightweight, high speed low drag backpacker, who sleeps comfortably off the ground.
Reality for me is more scouting campouts where I get to enjoy my gear than long miles, but every night above ground counts, right?