Does distance on the island mean a thing?

I wonder if Damon and Carlton have an official island map hagging on the wall of their office. Seems like they don't, since distances on the island change from episode to episode. Remember in "Meet Kevin Johnson", back in the fourth season, when Ben instructed Alex how to get to the temple from the barracks? He said she would get there in one day and a half.

On "What Kate Does", Kate and Sawyer went from the temple to the barracks apparently in a few hours. Sawyer even said she could make it back to the temple on the same day (night fall). Are they (Kate & Sawyer) that extreme to turn a one day and a half walk into a morning walk?

Do you guys remember other examples of distances being completely ignored on the show?

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