This is a fictional story about Johan Dahlberg - a young man with a college degree and permanent employment has been sentenced to a three-year prison sentence. The book describes the life in the prison, the contrast to the other prisoners, and how Johan recovers from a depression by having the possibility to run on a treadmill in the prison’s gym. Johan’s training gets increasingly more advanced and the reader follows the difficulties he meets when he tries to prove that he can excel in something. In parallel, it’s described why he was sentenced to imprisonment and how he evolves as a human being during his time in prison. In addition, the reader will learn a lot about long-distance running, including how athletes can develop and what is needed to succeed at elite level. Sentenced to run is an inspiring novel about long-distance running.