Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Need to Provide More Info

Hello Everyone!!

I have to be honest, I’ve been letting you all down….A LOT!!

I was thinking during my long run this weekend….my training has been pretty solid but I can't help anyone if I never post about my training.  It's been over a weeks since my last post...hello….dropping the ball!!

Not sure how many others are training for an ultra but the point is that I’ve worked through a lot of good things over the last couple months and someone could really benefit from all that trial and error that I had to go through to get ready for this 50k.

So below is that first true recap that I’ve done in a while starting with last weeks runs. I’m planning to throw up posts until the week of the 50k so I can share details about my 50k training.

Small heads up, a few weeks back I had to change to a Mon – Sun schedule because I started doing my long runs on Sunday mornings.

Monday, October 17th – Planned: 6 miles with hill repeats    Actual: 5.14 hard miles

Little background on this run. My running buddies and I run the same two routes each week. One is a 5-6 mile out and back and the other is 4-5 miles of hill repeats. Because we run the same trails each week, I always see Strava records pop up on my account. This had me wondering what kind of effort I could throw down on the Out and Back segment.

I was still on vacation Monday so I was able to start my run a little bit later. Everything fell in line and this quickly turned into a Strava chasing attempt. This segment is 5 miles and includes just under 800 feet of elevation gain. The top spot is holding at 36 minutes and I honestly thought I could snatch up that top spot. How wrong I was lol.

First off, I didn’t even know what the d#@$ segment actually was. The first quarter of a mile I warmed up at a very slow pace to where I thought the segment started. I checked the time on my watch and off I went. The first 1.5 miles is a long steady climb rising about 300 feet. My goal was to get to the saddle and I would be able to coast the down hill that came on the backside of this climb. I got to the turn around point a little behind where I wanted to be but was sure I would be able to BOMB the downhill after the saddle again and make up that time. I was grinding through the climb back to the saddle and even took a small section to power hike to catch my breathe right before the downhill. Got to the downhill section and just put my head down and plowed down the trail. I got to the point where I thought the segment started, checked my watch and thought for sure I was looking at 39 minutes or so. From that point I pretty much walked back to the parking lot. When I checked my time on Strava it was showing as 44 minutes….WTH!!! As I looked further, the d#@$ section that I used to warm up and that I finished by walking was a part of the segment…..YOU IDIOT…..LOL. Needless to say I missed the Strava record and ended up with the 11th best time overall. Looking over the segment I had two major takeaways:

  1. I need more hills!! That 300 feet of climbing should be a piece of cake and I need to do more repeats so that slow steady climb is a piece of cake for me.
  2. Know the d#@$ segment!! I know I can crack the top five if I run the whole segment. Not sure when I will get another attempt but I can gurantee all of you, I will be going after it again.

Training wise I was supposed to do hill repeats but I think I more than made up for it with the amount of effort that I put in during this workout. I was really happy with this run.

Tuesday, October 18th - Planned: 5 miles     Actual: 4 miles with hill repeats

This was supposed to be a straight forward run but the guys were running hill repeats so I decided to jump on board.  We typically run about 3 or 4 laps that add up to the 4 miles.  This ended up being 4 miles with 1100 feet of climbing.  Nothing special here, a lot of grinding through the burn.

Wednesday, October 19th - Planned: 8 miles     Actual: 9 miles

I am really loving my Wednesday runs.  I start out at 4 am with my group of guys.  We did hill repeats again and day 2 is always a struggle.  With the first group I was able to get 4 miles.  The second groups starts at 5 am so I grabbed some water, threw down a banana, and then headed out with the second group.  With the second group I was able to get an additional 5 miles.  The total for the day ended up being 9 miles and 2000 feet of climbing.

Thursday, October 20th - Planned: 5 miles     Actual: Rest Day

My legs were pretty shot from all the elevation gain so I shut it down, slept in, and just used the day as a rest day.

Friday, October 21st - Planned: Rest Day     Actual: 5 miles

To make up for my missed run on Thursday, I turned my rest day into a nice easy recover run.  Met up with the guys early in the morning and knocked out the 5 mile out and back trail.  Not nearly the pace that I had on Monday when I was chasing the Strava segment but it felt good to shake out my legs.  Run ended up being 5 miles with 800 feet of elevation gain.

Saturday, October 22nd - Planned: 8 miles     Actual: 7.5 miles

This was a rough run.  We had youth sports at 8am and I didn’t feel like getting up super early to get my miles in before our plans.  After my son's game, I headed to the mountain to knock out my miles.  The gauge on the truck said that temps were hovering around 90*…great!  I made sure to fill up on water and really focused on taking my time throughout the run.  It really sucked grinding through the heat but I'm really glad that I'm getting some heat training in right now.  We should have cool temps at the 50k but I want to be prepared if that sun is beating down on me all day.  This run ended up being 7.5 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain.

Sunday, October 23rd - Planned: 20 miles     Actual: 15.5 miles

One of only a few long runs left before things start to taper off.  I decided to head to the actual trails where the 50k will be taking place to start getting familiar with the trails.  Man oh man am I glad I decided to get out on these trails.  I've never run at this park before and I actually spent a lot of time making sure I was on the right trails and not heading in the wrong direction.  The majority of the race takes place on one main 15 mile loop and has additional smaller loops added on throughout the race.  This 15 mile loop was where I wanted to start. 

This run couldn’t have gone any better.  I started a bit later than I wanted but did manage to get a few miles in before the sun came up.  Even when the sun came up, things stayed pretty cool and it wasn’t until the end of my run that I really started to feel the heat.  As I was going along the trail, I made sure to stopd at each trail crossing/junction to look at the course map and make some mental notes of where everything was at.  There are a few more trails I need to scout over the next few weeks so I should be fully familiar with the course by the time the race comes.

My hydration was perfect, I had two flasks and some back up water in my bladder which was plenty for the entire run.  My fueling was spot on as well, I went with my PB&J sandwiches for my solid food and supplemented with electrolyte powder.  This was my first time using electrolyte powder and I could significantly notice that I wasn’t losing as much salt and did not have salt deposit all over me after the run.

There were so many positives I took out of this run.  I was seriously confident after I was done and made sure to message my coach after the run beacause I was on cloud nine.  This run ended up being 15.5 miles with 800 feet of elevation gain. 

Totals, October 17th - October 23rd - Total for the week was 46 miles and 6500 feet of elevation gain.

Only thing I can say is that this was a solid week and my confidence is high.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Back in Action

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!

Well I’m finally back to work and vacation is officially over.  We got back into town on Friday and had kids sports Friday night and Saturday morning.  After that we took the rest of the weekend to unpack and get everything back in order…oh yeah and be pretty lazy lol.

Vacation was amazing, we have tons and tons of pictures so we will see how many I can share here and there before all of you get sick of them. 

We spent a lot of time playing in the ocean, playing in the pool, enjoying delicious Mexican food, and a few too many cervezas.  I did get in a few runs while we were vacationing which even included a little jaunt on the old Dreadmill, yikes that was brutal.  Coming out of vacation I had two different points of view on running at the beach.

#1 – The adventuring was AWESOME!  I could have spent hours roaming around the beach searching for seashells and marine life.  Each day that we were down by the beach I was coming back with handfuls of shells that were so unique and beautiful but of course were gifts for my daughter.  Pretty cool National Geographic moment, my GoPro and I had a crazy encounter with a crab in one of the tide pools which made for some pretty awesome footage.  Overall the stopping and investigating all the cool stuff on the beach and in low tide was super cool.

#2 – The running was pretty boring.  Don’t get me wrong, the beach is gorgeous, the sunrise was gorgeous, and the sound of the waves was peaceful.  But while I was in the process of running, it was tough to get past the same scenery over and over.  At one point I was about 4 miles away from our resort and just looking way down the beach to see how far I was from the end of my run was pretty discouraging.  Sorry beach dwelling friends, we won’t be making the jump to beach front any time soon lol.

Now that we are back, I told Mrs. Schlub that I really need to get into training mode.  I am roughly 8 weeks out from the 50k and I know that is going to fly by and the race will be here before I know it.  Along with Sage, I’ve been following Ultra Runner Jim Walmsley since his epic performance at Western States this year and I was watching an interview he recently did with The Ginger Runner.  In the interview he went over a lot of his training and I was just amazed by how much he pushes himself to be at the level he is and to also keep striving to be better.  I took this personally and really want to change the way I train.  I need to be more intentional and more efficient so that I can get the most out of my training.  I hope that this will lead to a strong performance at my first Ultra Race and will also lead to continued improvements and I dive into the Ultra world.

Just a quick drop in to say hello and give all of you a quick update on how things are going.  Hope all is well with everyone, I’m trying to get caught up on blog reading as well so I can see how everyone is doing.

Which professional runners do you follow?  Do you ever following the tips and workouts that they use in their own training

Monday, October 3, 2016

Throwback and Another Solid Weekend

Hey Everyone, Happy Monday!!

Let’s start with a little Schlubbing Throwback.  As I was coming home from my run this weekend, I had that strange happiness where your body is exhausted and your legs are absolutely trash, but you are completely happy because it was a hard workout, and the sense of accomplishment is awesome.  So as I’m driving, I start thinking back to when I started this whole trail running thing.  I did some searching around on the blog and came across a post from February 2014.  First off let me say, my writing sucked back then lol.  If anyone is still hanging around from way back then, good Lord I owe you a huge thank you because I can’t even read my posts from back then without wincing.  But reading over this post, it was the first time I attempted the mountain by my work.  I can’t say that was the light bulb that went off because I was using that training for my road races, but that was a small step in this direction.  The direction that now has me full blown training for my first 50k ultra race in December.  Just a little throwback on this Monday morning.  I suggest just reading the recap here because the writing back then is not worth going back and reading the whole post lol.

Quick training update, this weekend was both pretty epic and pretty brutal. 

I’ve always preferred to take Friday off before my long runs and now with many of my weekends including back to back runs, I thought the day off would be helpful.  Well I happen to have some bad influences in my running group lol.  The guys were getting together for a longer run on Friday morning that included a pretty awesome route that hit just about all the trails in the park.  Right away that had me intrigued and I wanted to join, 9 extra miles doesn’t make a difference does it?!?!  It was a great run, I ended up cutting off a smaller loop but it only saved me about ½ a mile…damn lol.  The closing mile is all downhill so we ended with a fast finish which felt great but I’m sure that was not beneficial for the rest of my weekend.

Saturday we had a community service event early in the morning so I couldn’t join running group.  I decided to run after our event and man oh man that was a bad decision.  We were doing some maintenance at a local school so I was on my feet the whole time doing basic labor and that made my legs pretty sluggish.  I ran in the middle of the day, temps were around 95*, and was totally exposed with sun just beating down on me.  I got to the 3.5 mile mark and was just DONE!!  I turned at that point and just headed home.  I was so glad this suffer fest was done, and immediately forgot all about how much that sucked.

Sunday was workday, I had 18 miles on the plan.  This run was solid!!  I went with PB&J for my fueling again and I’m really liking this system.  Overall the total time on feet was 3 hrs 3 min and I was spot on finishing all 18 miles.  My legs were trash by the end of the run but I felt like I could of kept churning out miles which is a huge confidence booster.  Oh I forgot to mention, the views were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

Then we hit the running store and got Mrs. Schlub some new running shoes.  They didn’t have the color she wanted to we had to order them and expedite shipping.  She should have them in a couple days and then she is off and running.  (See what I did there lol)

In a way this weekend turned into a back to back to back weekend but my legs held up great and I’m in a great place mentally.  These next two weeks are going to be tough on my training schedule because I feel like I need a cut back week but we are also taking a weeklong trip to Mexico next week.  I’d hate to lose any fitness over these next two weeks because I’m being lazy.  My legs feel good today, not too much damage from this weekend so I’m hoping I can have a solid week and really have a cut back next week while we are in Mexico.  We shall see!!!

Do you ever go back and read over old posts on your blog?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Got Some Awesome News

Check it out, 2 posts in 1 week, I’m setting the blog world on fire lol!!

I’ve got a couple awesome announcements and then the boring old training update.

Awesome news #1 - After extended time and a lot of ups and downs, Mrs. Schlub was officially cleared by her foot doctor to resume running.  Such amazing news, I can’t even tell you how happy she is and excited to get back out there running.  At the same time I can’t tell you how excited I am for her.  I’ve covered this previously, I get as much enjoyment out of seeing Mrs. Schlub’s accomplishments as I get out of my own.  Over the past year and a half seeing her without running which has become a real passion of hers has been tough, but now comes the long, grinding, and equally fantastic road to regaining her fitness.  I’ve already talked to her about coming out and running trails with me, she’s not a fan but I’m not going to give up lol.

Awesome news #2 – Guess who has joined the New Balance running team in my house??  Our soon to be 4yo is now a New Balance athlete just like here Daddy lol.  I have been taking our 8 yo and 4 yo out for walk/jogs when we have a free evening so they can play Pok√©mon Go.  Well it’s really an excuse for me to get them out of the house, start getting some jogging into their routine, and tire them out before bed.  I really hope that if we introduce running this early they will stick with it because it just provides so much value.  Well my little lady didn’t really have a pair of running shoes so I asked Mrs. Schlub to make sure she ordered her some New Balance shoes.  Of course they are super pink just like she prefers but still a solid pair of running shoes.  Gotta start them young right??

Training updated – The ITB was feeling pretty good but I was bombing some downhill sections this morning and I started to feel a little twinge again.  I decided to shut it down and finished off my run with a slow trot.  Just have to keep stretching to alleviate the tightness.  I really think all my ITB issues are from a tight right hip.  I’ve been focusing a lot of my stretching there because I believe that is the root cause, but we will see how things progress.

This weekend I have another set of back to back long runs with 18 and 8.  Due to a community service event at our church I have to run the 8 miler on Saturday then the 18 miler on Sunday.  Not the ideal way to run the back to back but my coach didn’t seem overly concerned so that’s how we are planning.

When was your last back to back long runs?  Did you run them traditionally with the longer of the two first??

Monday, September 26, 2016

One Week at a Time

Happy Monday Everyone!!

Another weekend gone, another week of training in the books, and we are 10 weeks out from my first ultra race!!

I have to get a vlog up for all of you.  My birthday passed a few weeks back and Mrs. Schlub being the awesome wife that she is, actually turned my birthday into a 2 week long extravaganza.  Hey I’m not going to argue with 2 weeks of celebration dedicated to me lol.  In doing so, I made out like a bandit with some awesome running toys.  I’ll have to share those with all of you, and rather than take pictures and write out all the deets, why not vlog right??

As for training, boy oh boy last week was rough.  It was a cut back week but I think last week was tougher than the previous week that included a 20 mile run.  I think my legs were angry with the cumulative fatigue and the increased miles over the last couple weeks.  Everything felt like I was working harder to maintain the performance that I was displaying the week before.  I also had to move some runs around towards the end of the week due to family events but also due to a tight IT Band.  For those that haven’t been around the Schlub world for too long, I battled ITB issues a couple years back and still have some lingering effects from time to time.

The good thing is that I don’t take any chances with my ITB anymore and try to pull back or move runs around to let my legs rest.  At the same time I step up my massaging and stretching to make sure I’m giving the old ITB some much needed TLC.  Without being diagnosed from someone who knows more than me, I think I get tightness in my right hip which pulls on my left ITB.  Naturally all my stretching is for both my hips and my ITB.  Woke up this morning with my legs feeling great and no real tightness so I think we are on the right track.

Miles ramp back up this week so I’m really pleading with my legs to recover and be ready for a solid week of running.  We will see how things go!!

How long does your birthday celebration typically last??  I bet it’s not 2 weeks like mine lol

Do you pull back and rest when you’re feeling tightness or do you push through your runs??

Monday, September 19, 2016

Im Still Here

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I have been telling myself for weeks now that I owe you guys a post.  This Family/Work/Running balance right now is taking a lot of planning so with all that, blogging is hit and miss lol.

Regardless, training is on point right now.  Last two weeks have been 40 mile weeks and my legs feel great.  Not to mention this past weekend was my first back to back weekend for this training cycle, so I dominated a 21 mile long run on Saturday morning (including the final mile in the 7 min/mile range) and then last night knocked out a smooth 5 mile recovery run.  Legs were definitely tired from the 21 miles but I still felt super comfortable during those 5 miles.  Legs are definitely getting acclimated to the increased mileage.  This week is a bit of a recover/cut back week so I’m looking forward to the reduced activity. Maybe I’ll be able to throw up two posts this week lol.

Biggest take away from my training to this points….FUELING!!

As you may remember, the leader of my running group has been gracious enough to train me for my first 50K.  Again I can’t stress enough how much of a blessing this has been.  So he and I have had daily discussion about different things.  At this point the overwhelmingly majority of our discussion has been around fueling.  Two weeks ago I had a 15 mile long run and by the 10 mile mark I was gassed and sucking wind on sections of trail that I usually handle no problem.  I had a PB&J sandwich for breakfast and that was it, epic fail.  At the 11 mile mark I hammered 2 Cliff Gels and eureka I was feeling better about 15 minutes later.  Total lack of calories that day.

Jump to this weekend, I took the time to plan out my fueling so that I could avoid the crash that I felt the week before.  That morning for breakfast I had an apple, banana, and granola bar about 30 minutes before my run.  I had made 2 whole PB&J sandwiches and cut them into tiny bite size portions so I could place in my pack and eat along the run.  Mrs. Schlub and I also worked on homemade energy bites (oats, peanut butter, honey) to try during this run as well.  Every 30 minutes I was popping a few of those in and washing them down with water.  At the 18 mile mark I threw down a couple Cliff Gels just to help me finish things off strong.  See what I mean….FUELING!!

Needless to say, things went better than expected this weekend.  I felt strong the entire run and honestly felt like I had more gas in the tank and could have easily ran more miles.  Unfortunately I had kids events early that morning so I had to head out after my 21 miles and couldn’t add miles.

Second take away from my training to this point….Get Em in When you Can!!

Miles are racking up at all different hours of the day lol.  My running group calls them Vampire Miles because we are basically running all our miles in the dark with headlamps.  For example, I started my long run this past Saturday at 2:30 am and finished by 6:30 am so that I could make it to kids sporting events.  Then last night I had to finish my 5 miles around 10pm because we were busy all day with church events then getting kids ready for school on Monday.

Can’t complain, things are going good right now and if I want to be ready for 50k, I need to get the miles in however I can.

I hope everyone is doing well and I really plan to post a bit more, maybe I’ll start recording my blog posts during my runs since that is where a majority of my time is spent and I need things to take my mind off the suffering anyways lol.

Have a great Monday

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Time to Get to Work

Happy Thursday Everyone!!

Well SH%$ just got real!!

I know I’ve thrown this tag line out there before but we are on a whole new level here people.  For the first time in my running life, I’ve accepted a training plan from someone else and plan to use that as I train for my 50K.  As I started to prepare for this race, I started to look at my training plan and hoped to bounce some ideas and questions off the leader of my running group.  Out of sheer generosity, he ended up building me a full training plan and even took the time to incorporate our week long trip to Mexico in October.  I can’t explain how completely appreciative I am that this man took time out of his busy day to not only build the training plan but revise it a few times to incorporate different aspects that I think will help me be better prepared come December.  On top of that we have had ongoing discussions about different training runs, and plan to continue updating the training plan based on how things are progressing.  Is this guy cool or what?!?!?!

The great thing is that he has a ton of ultras under his belt all the way up to the 100 mile distance.  He just got back from the big boy, UTMB, where he was crewing for a buddy of his.  Now that is epic status!!  None the less, being the person I am and knowing how this stuff is time consuming I’ve offered to pay him back in some way but all he will accept is a beer at some point.  Well I can definitely make that happen.

So here I am, looking at this training plan, attempting to get myself mentally prepared for this journey.  All I could come up with was “What the HE$% did I get myself into” LOL. 

Here are some highlights of the crazy SH%$ we have going on during this training….

Peak Week – The peak week during training has 55 miles of running and almost 5,000 feet of elevation gain.

Long Runs – I’m not afraid of long runs, but I have 3 runs OVER 20 miles, one of which being 24 miles….Um that almost a marathon during a training run people lol.

Back to Back – I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever run real back to back training runs.  Come November I have a 24 mile run on Saturday followed by a 13 mile run on Sunday.  Yup you read that right, almost a marathon on Saturday followed by a half marathon on Sunday.

All joking aside, I’m excited as HE$% to get into this training plan.  I haven’t been this excited about training for a race in a long time.  As most of you know and commented as such when I broke the news about this 50k, I feel like trails and ultras is really where my passion is and more so where I can really thrive as a runner.  Who knows, maybe someday I’ll be attending Hardrock or Western States or UTMB and so on and so on……how awesome would that be!!

Ok so enough day dreaming, I have miles to throw down!!

When was the last time you were truly excited about your training plan and upcoming race?  My previous marathon training felt more like a job where my current training has been 100% fun and enjoyable

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Some Exciting News

Happy Thursday Everyone!!

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from the blog world.  Work has been crazy busy, school started a few weeks back, and youth sports is starting back up again.  Definitely a lot going on!!

Not to worry though, my running has been pretty solid lately and I’m still in a fantastic groove when it comes to my trail running.  This week will be 4 consecutive weeks with roughly 30 miles per week and because of this recent groove, I’ve got big news to share with all of you….

I am officially making the jump into the ULTRA world.  Ok full disclosure I haven’t signed up yet…….but I’m planning to run my first 50K either the middle of November or the beginning of December.  I can’t tell you how excited I am and at the same time equally nervous to make this jump.  There are a few things that I need to break down to help me determine which race I’m going to make my Ultra debut.  Primarily location and course layout but as of right now I’m all in on one of these two races.

I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “how do you plan to get ready for your first Ultra??”  Well I’m glad you asked because I have no d$%# idea how I’m going to get ready for this thing lol.  I’ve been bouncing ideas off the organizer of my running group and I think the plan I’ve been using over the last year is going to work out.  I just need to keep building my mileage and pretty much train as I would for the marathon.  We were talking through my ability to get ready for 31 miles over the next 12 weeks or so and he feels that I can definitely be ready by then.  Gotta be honest, I’ve been trying to build up my long runs with the intent to be ready for races in the Fall/Winter which includes a 15 mile trail run this past Sunday.  So glad I did that because it was the perfect base building to get ready for this race.

Huge news and I’m super excited.

If you’ve run an ultra let me know how you got ready for your first one.  If you have not, let me know how you WOULD get ready for your first one

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Manitou Incline Video

I would still like to do a Vlog because it was such an epic trip which was capped off by the Incline...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Do You Have Running MOJO??

Hey everyone, Happy Tuesday!!

I have my Manitou Incline video ready to go so I’m loading that to YouTube and Blog tonight so you will have to come back tomorrow to check that out.

I’m not a “weekly recap” kind of person these days, I primarily like sharing the running adventures that I’m blessed to accomplish as well as the beautiful scenery in the different locations I get to run.  But I’m going to make an exception today because I am pretty proud of the last couple weeks and what’s the use of having a running blog if you can’t brag about your accomplishments right lol….

7/31/16 – 8/6/16 – 30.09 miles and 3,515 feet of elevation gain

8/7/16 – 8/13/16 – 28.90 miles and 4,690 feet of elevation gain

The last time I ran 30 miles in one week was back in February and that included 26.2 miles during my second marathon.  So to be close to that in back to back weeks plus over 8,000 feet of climbing is pretty awesome.  The part that I’m most proud of is that I’m injury free right now and my legs feel great during “most” of my runs.  I say that because I got together with some guys from my run group this morning and man oh man was I suffering through our six miles.  Regardless, I’m in a great mindset right now, I’m loving running and look forward to most of my runs.  I’ve started talking to Mrs. Schlub about some upcoming trail races because as of right now the only thing I have officially planned is a half marathon next February.  That is way too far away and I’d hate to lose this mojo I have right now.  Why not take advantage and knock out some trail races right???

When was the last time you had some good running MOJO??

Just because here are some random sunrise pictures from the past couple weeks….